Gasp! Burned, quilted, and embroidered photographs sewn together with layers of paper creating bandages and veils that transform images into fragile maps. This is the lovely and very thoughtful mixed media textile work of an American artist in Paris, Michele Landel. I saw the eyeless piece above, titled “Who’s Afraid”, and was instantly scared/in love. And then I read her statement about it:
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“Who’s Afraid is meant to capture the tension between men’s anxiety of being unreasonably accused of inappropriate behavior and women’s fear of sexual harassment and assault. It is referencing the play Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and the inherent tension between actors and audience that is part of a theater performance and in this play the volatile and complicated relationship between men and women. Furthermore, it also relates to my previous series For There She Was [first three images above] that explored women speaking out and Virginia Woolf’s literature.”
Scared/in love. Happy Friday.