Fashion Institute of Technology (NY)
Through my current body of work, Native/Immigrant City, I transpose interviews with friends and acquaintances about adjusting to constantly evolving demands and neighborhoods in New York City, into handheld sculptures. I paint subjects onto fabric, and cut around front and back views of figures. As I stitch front and back pieces together, adding stuffing as I stitch, I listen to recorded interviews, selecting what I consider to be subjects' most salient comments. I embroider these onto my handheld fabric dolls. In some cases, I make accompanying stop motion animations, emphasizing the comments that most ring true to me.
In a related project, Selfie Sometimes, I maintain an online conversation between Selfie, a life-sized fabric doll modeled after my body, and @YrImaginaryDog, her stuffed, fabric dog. Selfie and @YrImaginaryDog are fabric sculptures and voices on Twitter. Selfie laments the challenges of being a single Brooklynite and artist, and @YrImaginaryDog offers advice. I embroider select tweets on their fabric bodies, turning some of these into stop motion animations of stitch-by-stitch frames.
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