I have never made a work specifically for a space, that lives only in that space and time. For "Stitch and Rend" I created my first site specific installation.
These are the same sewing pattern paper with eye closures attached. As I was thinking about this piece, I hoped that the thread would be again sewn through the eyes and extend beyond it's borders to a needle in the wall. I hoped the thread would pass through that needle and back to the paper. As I got started I realized the needle did not have enough body to give me the tension I needed, and my old eyes and not so nimble fingers couldn't work through all those needle heads. I went with #17 1 inch brads instead, and it worked great. I pinned the squares to the wall, but hoped with enough tension and thread, the squares would float above the wall. I really enjoyed working across the three. I'm torn on the outcome. I love the mass of thread in the 2-D pieces and really wanted to see that same amount of layering. At the same time, it felt like these needed to be in the process of growing towards those other shapes and too much thread wouldn't allow for that. But finally, there was only so much time and I still had other work to finish. This piece is a real beginning for me, and I can't wait to see where it goes.
The gallery director had not yet been through to adjust the lights appropriately. I am looking forward to posting finished installation images when I get them.