Monday, April 14, 2008




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Oubliette II, 2008, human hair embroidery on found linen doily, hand-dyed velvet, convex glass, frame, 9 x 9", 13 x 13" framed.

The embroidered area itself is a little under 2 x 3 ".

This piece will be shipped tomorrow to the Packer/Schopf Gallery in Chicago.

In the near future, I will be creating large-scale photographs of this hair embroidery face-mounted to oval plexiglass, to be sold in limited editions of 10.

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5 Comments:

Blogger Barb said...

It is absolutely gorgeous!
Maybe I missed this, but is the piece in a specific show at the Packer/Schopf Gallery? If it is, I'm not far from Chicago and I'd love to see it in person.

10:25 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

Thanks, Barb....

The gallery should get it by the end of the week... not sure what his plans are for the piece, but I am sure you can go in and ask to see it. You might want to call, as they have two locations now, and I am not sure where it will end up!

-Kate

11:50 PM  
Blogger Libby said...

well worth the blood, sweat, tears and iced wrists. this is gorgeous. the frame and velvet really push the embroidery forward. congratulations on finishing!

3:09 AM  
Blogger Lorna said...

Thank you for sharing the process for the creation of this work. I have been fascinated and repulsed at the same time.

2:54 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

It's always so interesting to me to hear people say that, because I honestly forget that there might be people out there who find this work scary or repulsive. I know I'm working with clean hair, I know this is something ladies did quite often in Victorian times, and, most importantly, looking at and teaching contemporary art for so many years has exposed me to things that are far more repulsive than this.

I am actually planning a piece that plays a little bit more with the seductive/repulsive qualities of hair, so people are reminded that hair is also something that lovers fondle, that people write songs about, etc.

Thanks so much to everyone who stayed with me through this always-incredible process!

3:07 PM  

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