2020 began with plans to celebrate the 19th Amendment, travel teaching, exhibit and evolved into introspective time alone with radio as outside world connections. Each month is documented with a quote or slogan; values indicating hope or despair; and Covid molecules flowing through. Pulling each loop of fabric and creating the images helped me process the overwhelming confusion.
The last six months of 2020 were filled with loss, competition, learning, and what we thought was final results on December 14. This panel completes my documentation of life as an artist isolated in the mountains of West Virginia observing history. Covid symbol floats through each month, milestones of deaths recorded, new skills on Zoom and slogans add color to the bleak palette. I did not continue journaling of 2021 yet. Perhaps one day.
cotton and wool fabric, novelty yarns, silver wire, beads, poly filling16 x 12
Over 500 mountain tops in West Virginia alone have been blasted off to extricate the minimal coal left for export and profit by out-of-state corporations. The waterways are covered or destroyed. Communities live under the silica laden clouds, have poisoned water and children daily attending schools. My work brings awareness of the human impact on nature and asks viewers to consider their energy use and sources.
wool and sari silk fabric, yarns, upholstery fabric, threads20 x 10
Using a satellite image as guide the mountaintop removal sites in Raleigh County, West Virginia are depicted as scars among the rugged greenery the mountains of Appalachia are known for. The title refers to the organic shape on top of frame which is a pin. It could be taken off, moved around to cover the lower left, or worn perhaps starting a conversation about human impact on nature. Do you know where your energy comes from?
The New River is incorporated into our National Park Systems, it's course is westerly from the peaks of the Appalachian Mountains in North Carolina joining the Gauley and Kanawha to flow into the Ohio. Throughout the region mountaintops are blasted off to extract the last coal. These barren spots are the organic black areas.
cotton threads embroidered; wool fabric, yarns hooked through linen10 x 20
The New River flows west eventually into the Ohio carving deep gorges out of the Appalachian Mountains. Coal is excavated now by blasting the tops off those mountains. Tourism brings in more money than the corporations are exporting.