My needlepoint series began from a desire to update the tradition of Berlin wool work to our 21st century, digital world. This tradition found young girls learning needlecraft through the replication of noteworthy paintings of their 18th century time. (Picture macho American West hunt pictures) I chose to riff on this custom by making cross stitch embroideries of contemporary abstract painters, grouped by city. Having started with New York, I have most predominantly worked on painters from Chicago (and now Washington DC) in an effort to reference that city’s tradition of representational abstraction – for what am I making if not a representational abstraction?

In contrast to the Berlin wool workers, I have effectively eradicated skill from my production-using commercial software and downloaded jpegs. But the recognition of this fact provides the clarity as to what these things might in fact be up to. Whereas when I first began I may have considered the most salient questions to be those of class and gender, I now believe that this series has more to do with banal digitally enabled replication/DIY culture and fandom, specifically as it relates to contemporary art history and artisanal goods


092904-david reed # 337, Embroidery Floss on Plastic Canvas, 5.25" by 14", 2009 


120205-scott short untitled (green) 2010; Embroidery Floss on Plastic Canvas;8" by 10"; 2012 


102012-david schutter after gmsb ru, Embroidery Floss on Plastic Canvas, 11" by 14", 2010 


100204-judyledgerwoodrainwashed; Embroidery Floss on Plastic Canvas;8" by 11"; 2010 


110802-molly zuckerman hartung untitled 2007; Embroidery Floss on Plastic Canvas;8" by 10"; 2011 


101809-todd chilton untitled(pointing to the middle); Embroidery Floss on Plastic Canvas;8" by 10"; 2010 


111403-jacob kassay untitled 2009; Embroidery Floss on Plastic Canvas;8" by 10"; 2011 


101909-julia fish living rooms southwest-two, with lights, actions; Embroidery Floss on Plastic Canvas;8" by 10"; 2010 


102101-peter shear untitled 2009, Embroidery Floss on Plastic Canvas, 8.5" by 10", 2010 


091407-wade guyton untitled 2007, Embroidery Floss on Plastic Canvas, 9.5” by 10.75”, 2009 


092907-olivier_mossett_pass; Embroidery Floss on Plastic Canvas;7" by 12"; 2009 


090307-mary heilmann pink knot, Embroidery Floss on Plastic Canvas, 8” by 11.5”, 2009 


111810-michelle grabner untitled 2006; Embroidery Floss on Plastic Canvas;8" by 8"; 2011 


130203-mcarthur binion stellucca viii; Embroidery Floss on Plastic Canvas; 8" by 10"; 2013 


131004-michelle grabner untitled red 2012; Embroidery Floss on Plastic Canvas;9" by 11"; 2013 


130201-dan gunn diagonal bands; Embroidery Floss on Plastic Canvas;8" by 9"; 2013 


120401-matthew metzger the dead man the dead torreador; Embroidery Floss on Plastic Canvas;7" by 13"; 2012