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Mixed-Media on cold press watercolor paper with thread, acrylic paint, rice paper, handmade paper, embroidery floss, collage, colored pencils, India ink, and acrylic satin varnish
7.5” x 9.5” (Framed 12” x 14”)

This piece was accepted into a juried exhibit at the River Arts Gallery, 36 Elm Street Plaza, Damariscotta, Maine. The theme of the exhibition is Texture. The exhibit runs from April 9 - May 18, 2024. An opening reception is scheduled for Saturday, April 13 from 2-4 PM.

Using my sewing machine, I sewed onto cold press watercolor paper with zigzag and straight seams to create a loose grid-like background. Then I covered the sections with acrylic umber washes, glued on magazine cutout images, and handmade paper swatches. I poked holes into the watercolor paper and hand-stitched embroidery floss on the upper-right chair back and in the lower-left between the two rocking chairs. I used India ink in some areas, and colored pencils and acrylic paint in the pink floral section. The pink flowers and grid was referenced from a pattern in an encyclopedia of needlework book.

Creating this work was cathartic. It represents trauma and pain; motherhood and helplessness, but also a little bit of grace and beauty, and love, too.