This piece was inspired by the Trail Of Tears. The design is based on Cherokee wampum belts, which traditionally served as historical documents and were instrumental in their diplomatic affairs. I used negative space and visceral fibers to highlight gaps in the Cherokee narrative and how history has attempted to censor their voice in the controlled telling of this forced migration.
This tapestry was part of the collection I created for a solo exhibition at Surface Gallery in Asheville, North Carolina for October, 2016.
This hand woven wall hanging was made with a combination of natural and recycled fibers including: Icelandic Lopi wool, black sari silk ribbon with gold threads, cotton, and mull (an open-weave linen). It is hanging on a hand-painted oak dowel, suspended by a piece of deerskin leather.