High Drama, 2015, Tapestry fragments woven on a computerized loom, 99" x 120" overall
Referencing historic Flemish and Italianate tapestry design in order to personify European art history, these tattered contemporary weavings embody the idea that the narratives of the past are only passed down in pieces and never wholes. The images in these textiles are made in a multi-step process that uses both technological and tactile approaches to image-making. First, individual figures, sculptures, and flowers are captured as digital images in the photo studio and on location. These elements are then collaged together in Photoshop as ensemble groups that resemble the compositions of sixteenth-century allegorical compositions. Once these image files are completed, they are then woven at life-sized on a computerized jacquard loom. After being woven, the works are torn apart to produce an incomplete picture and a visual narrative that is never fully disclosed.