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"Stay... or Go?"

Artist Statement:

For the "Screen Doors" series, I wanted to create that shape somewhere in one of the works. I used a delicate, vintage mosquito net fabric given to me by one of my friends to use in a project (Japanese-made, circa late 19th century.) I mounted it behind a carved out portion and painted the frame gold.

The embroidered paper fabric was another experimental choice, mainly for the aesthetic and the texture.

The piece follows the point in the journey where we see the doorway and must decide to go or to stay. To follow enlightenment and pursue a journey of hard work or to stay safe inside where it's simultaneously comfortable and uncomfortable, but familiar and easy.

It's an encouragement to women that they are seen where they are at, no matter if they are ready to choose or not. Taking that first step can be the hardest part.

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