Untied       Roxanne Schwartz  •  Berkeley, California, USA

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$2400   Buy Now  » 41 x 43 x 0.5 inches | 2015

Vintage repurposed bowties weave across the shirting background. Hanging, they loosen and form a shadow layer against the shirting and wall. Quilting lines echo the tie shapes with horizontal and vertical "ghost" tie shapes. Men's shirting fabric, curved corners, and sepia borders also evoke the past and a sense of loss—bittersweet memories of a young father's early death. The bottom edge lets go of the tie ends, again suggesting a life unfinished. Yet the family remains stitched together. We smile at the 1950s fabric and labels; an amusing peek back in sartorial history.

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