Connected Through Thread

“The way an item can be connected through a piece of thread metaphorically helps me understand how my past actions are directly related to my present life.” - excerpt from the artist

Stitching Memories, 2018. Mixed media installation: post cards and embroidery thread

Stitching Memories, 2018. Mixed media installation: post cards and embroidery thread

My artwork uses objects from the world around me as well as items I construct myself. Fibers are a key material in my current work. Reflecting on the history of fibers, and their evolution, this has inspired the compositions of my sculpture.

Stitching Memories, 2018. Mixed media installation: post cards and embroidery thread

Stitching Memories, 2018. Mixed media installation: post cards and embroidery thread

The postcards used to create this paper quilt, were acquired from an estate sale. I found it intriguing that these artifacts documented this persons life and experience. While these memories were not my own, I developed a connection between myself and someone that I had never met.

Stitching Memories, 2018. Mixed media installation: post cards and embroidery thread

Stitching Memories, 2018. Mixed media installation: post cards and embroidery thread

My sculpture has been constructed to evaluate the process of thought and memory. The time intensive nature of repetitive handwork allows me to recall and reflect on my past occurrences, and how they have influenced who I am. The way an item can be connected through a piece of thread metaphorically helps me understand how my past actions are directly related to my present life.

Stitching Memories, 2018. Mixed media installation: post cards and embroidery thread

Stitching Memories, 2018. Mixed media installation: post cards and embroidery thread

As an Art Education major, I strive to incorporate historic symbolism and objects from the past contemporary works.

Stitching Memories, 2018. Mixed media installation: post cards and embroidery thread

Stitching Memories, 2018. Mixed media installation: post cards and embroidery thread

I began my journey as an artist when I started college as a Biology major. I soon found myself feeling restricted by the rules and guidelines that surrounded the entire field of science and nursing. After deep reflection, I decided to pursue my degree in Art Education.

Stitching Memories (reverse side), 2018. Mixed media installation: post cards and embroidery thread

Stitching Memories (reverse side), 2018. Mixed media installation: post cards and embroidery thread

From there I have striven to learn as much about art, history, and education as possible. From here, I anticipate to graduate in May 2019, and continue teaching art! While teaching, I will also be pursuing my masters in Education.

Stitching Memories (reverse side detail), 2018. Mixed media installation: post cards and embroidery thread

Stitching Memories (reverse side detail), 2018. Mixed media installation: post cards and embroidery thread

To view more work by the artist, please visit www.laurenleeart.com and follow her on Facebook.


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