My body of work focuses on parts of human anatomy created from sewn together recycled sari silks. These ribbons, come sewn together end to end into a continuous strand of rich silk, are intended to be knit or crocheted. I take the skeins of fabric apart, separate them specifically by color, and then pin them together using straight pins. Using a combination of machine and hand sewing techniques I sew the fabrics into shape. I allow the silks to bend, fold, bleed, and fray, as they want. Leaving the threads and fibers loose, hanging, and free to move, they represent the fluidity and linear quality of veins and capillaries in the human body.
I am interested in visually depicting the internal workings of the human body. At the same time, I am committed to exploring the connection and dichotomy between craft, sewing, and fine art. Women and their role in society as it relates to the home, craft, and art are also themes I try to explore through the use of recycled sari silks, needle and thread, and anatomical images. By using recycled sari ribbons sourced from women’s collectives in India and sewing them by both machine and hand into rudimentary and at times crude facsimiles of human figure and anatomy I am playing with the juxtaposition of traditional women’s role and modern technologies here and across the globe. My hope is for the viewer to experience and interpret the materials and the human form in new and unique ways.