Final year project
Materialising Death Anxiety [Read more]
By combining the archetypal symbol of the sun with coded decorative embroidery, I aim to create an enigmatic sense of comprehension. The symbols form an alphabet of my own making, enabling me to develop my theme of elusive concealment.
My work plays with the potential of hand embroidery to be considered as an almost sacred medium. This is due to the almost ritualistic dedication required to create work with this technique. My imagery leans into this proposal as I rely on abstracted but familiar forms with mysterious and unknowable meanings.
Having created an archive of esoteric iconography, I decided to delineate my symbol language through a series of large scrolls. The two-dimensional remains important to my work as I believe it relies on a level of abstraction which is inherently mysterious.
Selection of Embroidered Patches
In this project, I embroidered a series of my allegorical drawings. Each drawing contains a mythological narrative, so I used embroidery because of the historic link tapestry has to storytelling. Each narrative revolves around a particular concept and subsequently, each patch functions as a kind of protective rune.
Detail of Shroud
This is a detail from my final project which is an embroidered shroud. All the symbols within this work belong to my pre-established system of coded iconography. This section contains an abstracted peach surrounded by seeds, which signify the vulnerability associated with mortality as well as the notion of death as a result of consequence.
This piece is a result of continued experimentation around my fascination with the archetypal symbol of the sun.
I work with abstraction in embroidery to create an enigmatic interaction between the mysterious and the sacred.
Through my practice, I create coded iconography which I translate into self-mythologising narratives. As I approached the end of my degree, I became interested in the theme of finality which began to dominate my work. I noticed a synergy between this theme and my own attitudes towards death and decided to explore how I could manifest and even comprehend these feelings through materiality. I aim to evidence the power of art to diminish death anxiety. I decided to create an embroidered shroud using my established archive of iconography. Working with hand embroidery is inherently time-consuming which means in death I will be wrapped in something I spent a great deal of my life creating. My work is very personal, and I will continue to create work that allows me to explore the physical and philosophical difficulties of creating an object imbued with life.
Final year project
Materialising Death Anxiety
I have participated in various exhibitions during my degree. I assisted with the 2019 Landed exhibition which allowed me to work with other students to create a pop-up event. I also showed my work in the student-curated MTC exhibition. I have also participated in various Welcome Mat exhibitions over the course of my degree. These opportunities have taught me about the logistics of planning, curating and facilitating an exhibition.