Artist: Kathy Knapp
Title: Dichotomy of Red (detail)
Attribution: Dichotomy of Red, 2022, Kathy Knapp
Materials: Textiles, beads
Dimensions: 34" x 28" x 18"
Image Statement: This jacket reflects mixed emotions of what the color red means to me. It expresses both love and anger over the loss of my mother to dementia. The predominate color red is symbolic of both emotions, whereas the more purple hues are indicative of the disease itself. The beaded floral vines on the front and reverse views are suggestive of the quickly growing amyloid plaques degrading her mind, while exaggerated/deflated sleeves represent the loss of her once powerful personality.