Mrs. Ms. & Passive Passion
My grandmothers taught me how to embroider. Using hair instead of thread references Victorian hair jewelry and corsages, created as love tokens or objects of memorialization, as in “Passive Passion.” “Mrs. Ms.” uses a vintage family pillowcase made by a female ancestor, probably as a wedding present. After removing the “r”, I mended the tears with hair; I sometimes use my own. Absence is indicated, family perspectives inherently embedded. The lineage of activity, not just object, is of interest and importance to me.
My love book memorializes my parents’ love. When my father was stationed in Egypt in 1948, he sent my mother a pair of exquisite earrings, with a note written on the bottom of the box stating: “both sets are hand carved ivory. I hope you like them. Jack”. The front of the book is cast from the impressions of the moth earrings, and the back is of the clips. The marble appearance and weight of the worn book communicates their long marriage together til death, and acts also as a “memento mori”, provoking a memory that provides solace, as well as being a contemplative reminder of our own mortality.