"Friend Me" Facebook Embroideries
Teenagers and young adults have always pushed boundaries and taken risks. But this is the first generation with a camera in their hand at all times and a place to post their adventures publicly.
As a parent and artist, Kathy Halper was drawn to artistically explore the private world of her kids and their friends. She found ample material when she turned on Facebook.
What evolved is a series of embroidered drawings based on found photos paired with commentary from various networking sites to create new narratives that capture the voice of a generation. Rendered in sparse yet telling detail, the embroideries reference traditional needlecraft while being completely of the moment.
The robust dialogue that emerges from this series questions issues of privacy and the demise of privacy, innocence and loss of innocence, and does so with a sense of humor and the delicate line of a mother’s hand.