In March, right as the country started to shut down as a result of the pandemic, I gave an artist talk for what would have been the opening of my show in Asheville. Only family and dear friends attended the talk and none of us knew at that moment exactly how drastically our lives would change over the coming months. This is part 1 of the talk.
This painting, titled Workwear, includes the bottom half of an old canvas work apron and a small remnant from an antique overshot coverlet.
By uniting the two fabrics, I have fashioned a flag of independence. One that expresses the kind of freedom only experienced when one can rely on themselves to make or build what they need.
Workwear is a love letter to all things made by hand. It is a valentine to the beauty of imperfection and to the strength of our humanity.