This work relates to acceptance of self, natural beauty and the course of time, hence the title “Coming and Going”. The lines on our faces tell the story of our lives, like road maps that lead to the soul. Nothing does so more than the human eye. Dark glasses offer the wearer protection from various levels of exposure. Apart from making the wearer look fabulous, dark glasses donate an air of mystery and offer immunity from being painfully ‘seen’.
This work is by default an involuntary distortion of the beautiful young face due to the free-style stitching method used to draw the image instead of picture perfect brush strokes. As light falls onto the work, especially as it rotates around its own all important axis, it appears animated with the lips and face moving in an inaudible whisper, marking the passage of time. The result is one of unexpected beauty. “Coming and Going” celebrates the wonder of life with all of its imperfection. It is also by virtue of its imperfection a response to the false world of pop culture and social media.
My methodology is a refusal of perfect embroidery or stitching. The palimpsest nature of our society is reflected in the layered work. Piercings of a needle over etched topographic maps of the city create shapes by the merging of two items into one, taking broken, torn pieces of material and forging it into an aesthetic image.
The background is made up of various methods and mediums combined. Hand and digitally printed maps and material and paper of recreated Google maps of the city of Johannesburg. The image of a young girl wearing dark glasses is stitched into the mapped background with some roads mapped onto her face . The reverse of the artwork became as much part of the front during the repeated turning over to fit into the sewing machine, that eventually it insisted to be included.