2021 | DIGITAL ‘QUILTS’ ON SILK
Recursion is a series of works exploring the entangled relationship of ‘sense of place’, islandness, heritage, and identity. Characterized by recurrence, reiteration, and refiguration, these works play with traditional quilting techniques in a digital context, staying true to their origins by making use of carefully selected existing materials to create digital patchworks. These ‘quilts’ have then been printed onto silk scarves, bringing the practice almost full-circle. The result is a family of textiles which are simultaneously decorative and functional — and layered in multidimensional meaning. Common elements are reiterated throughout, most notably a digitized stitch pattern representing the density of cod surrounding the island of Newfoundland (Ktaqmkuk) in 1850. In this entangled world, everything is connected — and, in Recursion, fish is at the heart of it all.
L-R: Cod (Rob Peter to Pay Paul), Entwined (Double Wedding Ring), Adaptation (Irish Chain + Star variation)