Friday, October 30, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
In the Folds, 2008
hand embroidery, applique, and beading on wool felt, cotton
72” x 29”
In the Folds tells the story Pa Shaw Pah told me about her escape from persecution in Burma, the refugee camp in Thailand and the hardships of starting a new life in Pittsburgh. Traditional Karen protective tattoo patterns of elaborate, oval, symmetrical Buddhist designs worn by her ethnic group merge here with the cartoon characters her toddler son absorbs on TV in Pittsburgh and the housekeeping cart that she wields each day in a local hotel. Jewish Children and Family Services have assisted in her settlement and commissioned the piece. The Hebrew letters spell out the guiding torah passage for their work: “Justice, Justice, you shall pursue.”(Deuteronomy16:20)
rice, bulgur, couscous, poppy seed
9’ x 11’
Oozing in from the window, loopy, graffitiesque letters spell out the words, “someone is helping you.” Inspired by the story of Cupid and Psyche, Psyche’s Secret, the installation references tasks that Venus designed to foil Psyche. Just when she was about to despair the impossibility of separating a mountain of grains, an army of ants offered to come to her aid. I find Venus’ words of retort strangely comforting.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Monday, October 20, 2008
The Children's Museum of PIttsburgh
Sept 19th-Jan 18th, 2009
Pittsburghers are so lucky to have vast, beautiful city parks. But there are bullies on the loose in our woods! Invasive vines and trees threaten to squeeze the life out of the huge variety of plants and trees that nature has evolved over thousands of years. We appreciate and use the parks in many ways, but our presence has caused that healthy balance in the woods to tip. Sit inside this tangle of vines, view the changing skies above, and listen to the sounds of our parks. How many different things can you hear? How can we keep our woods strong and continue to enjoy their many wonders?