When I came across this piece by Chicago-area artist Kathy Halper, I stopped in my tracks. Her threads seem to melt off the canvas. I though, why haven’t I see her work before?
After some research online, it turns out this is my huge miss. Halper has had a long art career and has created many equally arresting pieces.
(I was particularly taken by an intriguing series called, “TMI, Too Much Information,” in which Halper created embroidered drawings of adolescents from the images that they posted of themselves online.)
Desired is part of a new series of work called “56” that will be exhibited at the Aron Packer Gallery in Evanston, Illinois, on April 1st, 2016.
The series explores the intersection between our expectations for our lives and the aging process. As Halpert writes, she stitched “for months on end pondering my dreams and losses with each stitch. I watch them disappear from the top and fall to the ground. I watch them melt out of my life.”
Olisa Corcoran is a stitch artist and blogger living in Durham, NC. She speaks fluent Nuyorican and always keeps her dial turned to 11.