American Portraits: Harvesting Hope

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American Portraits: Harvesting Hope
69 in
55 in
(175 cm x 140 cm)
Photo Credit
Larry Berman
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(Original images courtesy Library of Congress)

As a storyteller, my intention is to create thought provoking narratives using fabric, dyes, silkscreens, and ink to develop a visual dialogue with the viewer. The work marries a lifelong fascination with photography, history, and stitch, often reflecting faces of pride and dignity, sometimes under challenging circumstances. The agricultural landscape of rural America has changed dramatically since 1900, when half the population lived and worked on farms. Every week, faced with economic hardship, long hours, and corporate competition, hundreds of family farmers leave their land for good. The independent family farm is an essential part of our diverse American fabric, representing strength, tenacity, patience, and perseverance. Inspired by 1930's U.S. Farm Security Administration photographs, this particular work is dedicated to the struggles of American tenant farmers, sharecroppers, and migrant workers.
Cotton, dyes, inks,
Hand silkscreened images on hand dyed fabric, image transfer of text, machine pieced and quilted.