By using my great-grandmothers art I am making them my own. I am smashing her boundaries in a fertile, evolved feminine expression
My current fascination is with my great-grandmother's drawings. She was forced out of Turkey during the ethnic cleansing of the 1920s, and moved to Greece with her husband and 3 sons. She taught people to read and write and do math. She was a creative person who made folk drawings that were used for embroidery or as wall hangings.
I have started re-creating and re-interpreting these pieces in a new series called Women's Work. Because I add a female face into these images, I am owning this new work, in a grander scale, and with a new identity. Some of them will be embroidered on a larger scale, with massive fabricated embroideries. In this case, It could denote the sublimated identities of women's work in the form of embroidery and polite drawings that women were allowed to partake in over the years.
My great grandmother was born in 1882 and her subjects were flowers and birds. By reusing her images, and making them my own, I am smashing her boundaries in a fertile, evolved feminine expression. The "Homage to Escher" rug is a pre-cursor to this series, a faux textile, something allotted to the home, the woman's domain.