Stitchgasm! Desired, hand embroidery by Kathy Halper

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?

Desired, hand embroidered linen on wood panel, by Kathy Halper
Desired, hand embroidered linen on wood panel, by Kathy Halper

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.

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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.”

For more of Halpert’s reflective work, visit her website and follow her on Instagram. And if you’re in the Chicago area, be sure to check out her show, details here.

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