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Rachelle Gardner-Roe

Studio Resident (2008-2009)

Artboards (2012)

Exhibitions/Performances (2009)

Multimedia, Sculpture, Textiles
Statement of Work

I consider all my work to be works in lace. I mean this literally, sculpturally, and abstractly, whether I use a sewing machine as a drawing tool to stitch pictorial lace, combine lace fabric with resin to create dimensional sculpture, or write layer upon layer of cursive text to create imagery with a lace-like effect. In its construction, I see more than kitsch doilies or superficial decoration. Lace represents countless individual threads intertwined to create interdependent networks with the nuance of connection shaping endless possibilities of pattern. As broad as this cultural metaphor might be, lace also represents the intimate and delicate, as well as domestic and historic traditions in handcraft.

While seemingly distinct, the three facets of my work are interconnected. My work has always been grounded in dichotomy, of taking things that contrast or do not seem to belong and showing that equilibrium can be found. The oscillating exchange that occurs by fusing dissimilar media or processes is an expression of the desire and search for balance in body, mind, and action. Explorations of the meaning and expression of consciousness have also long been an interest in my work.

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To me, lace has become a metaphor for the human condition, countless individual threads intertwined to create interdependent networks with the nuance of connection, shaping endless possibilities of pattern.

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