“The Space Shuttle Challenger explosion in 1986 was one such event for me. It was a public event that the country watched together and mourned together. I was in second grade at the time and this was my first real sense of mortality and the finality of death. Christa McAuliffe was someone who I saw as an American hero and represented what it meant to dream big. More significantly, she represented the struggles that come along with achieving a dream. As a second grader, our class followed her journey closely. My teacher, as well as every teacher in the country, had a personal connection with her journey. In some respects, she was a very early prototype of a reality TV star, similar to what PBS’s “An American Family” was in the 1970s. My goal is to provoke lost memories and also to create a sense of emotion and nostalgia. The physical process and the labor involved in cross-stitching each piece is a cathartic process for me. Cross-stitch is not only a connection to my mother and grandmother, and her mother, it is also a way for me to process emotions I felt as an 8 year old but could not fully understand then. I hope my viewer finds the same catharsis and solace that my work brings to me.“
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