The Significance of "Material"
The first word Beth Secor remembers her mother teaching her is “material”. Secor explains, “I was probably around two and a half; my older sisters were in school, and the two of us were spending the morning as we usually did, in her room as she sewed. My mother is now 84 years old, has Alzheimer's, and doesn't remember what the word material means.” Secor’s installation in the Project Space is in honor of her mother, using her mother’s sewing patterns, sewing machines, thread and fabric designs as an inspiration for the installation. The installation itself combines these materials, as well as painted elements and text.