By a Thread

Erin Castellan, Kathryn Clark, Orly Cogan, Bridget Conn, April Dauscha, Nava Lubelski, Rachel Meginnes, Lydia See, Kirsten Stolle

March 6 – April 18, 2020

Orly Cogan  Birds Song, 2006  Embroidery, applique and paint on vintage textile  22h x 18w in, female nudes, birds, nature

Orly Cogan

Birds Song, 2006

Embroidery, applique and paint on vintage textile

22h x 18w in
55.88h x 45.72w cm

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Orly Cogan   Enchanted, 2006  Embroidery, applique and paint on vintage textile  25h x 18w in

Orly Cogan 

Enchanted, 2006

Embroidery, applique and paint on vintage textile

25h x 18w in

Orly Cogan  Sisterhood, 2005  Hand Stitched embroidery, crochet and paint on vintage doily  17h x 21 1/2w in, female nudes

Orly Cogan

Sisterhood, 2005

Hand Stitched embroidery, crochet and paint on vintage doily

17h x 21 1/2w in
43.18h x 54.61w cm

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Orly Cogan  Double Eve, 2005  Hand Stitched embroidery, crochet and paint on vintage doily  25h x 18 1/2w in, nudes

Orly Cogan

Double Eve, 2005

Hand Stitched embroidery, crochet and paint on vintage doily

25h x 18 1/2w in
63.50h x 46.99w cm

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Kirsten Stolle  Inside Government Corruption, 2014  Embroidery floss on aida cloth in a vintage frame  9h x 12w in -words embroidered in blue and yellow with the word Corruption popping out in yellow

Kirsten Stolle

Inside Government Corruption, 2014

Embroidery floss on aida cloth in a vintage frame

9h x 12w in
22.86h x 30.48w cm

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Kirsten Stolle  Inside Government Corruption, 2014  Embroidery floss on aida cloth in a vintage frame  9h x 12w in -The Word Mined is embroidered above the word under in the center of the aida cloth

Kirsten Stolle

Undermined, 2014

Embroidery floss on aida cloth in a vintage frame

11h x 11w in
27.94h x 27.94w cm

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Kirsten Stolle  Inside Government Corruption, 2014  Embroidery floss on aida cloth in a vintage frame  9h x 12w in -The word eCONomy is repeatedly embroidered on the aida cloth with CON popping out in red

Kirsten Stolle

eCONomy, 2014

Embroidery floss on aida cloth in a vintage frame

13 1/2h x 8w in
34.29h x 20.32w cm

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Kirsten Stolle  Economy over Ecology, 2014  Embroidery floss on aida cloth in a vintage frame  14h x 16w in -The words economy and ecology are embroidered in the center of the aida cloth

Kirsten Stolle

Economy over Ecology, 2014

Embroidery floss on aida cloth in a vintage frame

14h x 16w in
35.56h x 40.64w cm

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Kirsten Stolle  Home Under Water, 2014  Embroidery floss on aida cloth in a vintage frame  11h x 8 1/2w in -Home Under Water embroidered in light blue

Kirsten Stolle

Home Under Water, 2014

Embroidery floss on aida cloth in a vintage frame

11h x 8 1/2w in
27.94h x 21.59w cm

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April Dauscha  Sash, 2020  Tulle, the artist's great-grandmother's sash, thread, glass beads  98h x 15w in Silk sash under tulle with beads

April Dauscha

Sash, 2020

Tulle, the artist's great-grandmother's sash, thread, glass beads

98h x 15w in
248.92h x 38.10w cm

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April Dauscha  Sash, 2020  Tulle, the artist's great-grandmother's sash, thread, glass beads  98h x 15w in Mink stole covered in tulle with beads

April Dauscha

Matrimonial Stole, 2019

Tulle, the artist's grandmother's mink stole, thread, glass beads

32h x 27w in
81.28h x 68.58w cm

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April Dauscha  Custody of the Tongue, 2013  Looped Video and Player - Video of tongue Binding, Veiling and Consumption

April Dauscha

Custody of the Tongue, 2013

Looped Video and Player

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April Dauscha  Prostrate, 2019  Tulle, the artist's great- grandmother's stocking, thread glass beads  42h x 13w in -Stockings covered by tulle with beads attached

April Dauscha

Prostrate, 2019

Tulle, the artist's great- grandmother's stocking, thread glass beads

42h x 13w in
106.68h x 33.02w cm

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Bridget Conn  Mantra 7 (Persist), 2020  Gelatin Silver photo-chemigrams, thread  20h x 16w in -Gelatin Silver photo-chemigrams intertwined together by thread

Bridget Conn

Mantra 7 (Persist), 2020

Gelatin Silver photo-chemigrams, thread

20h x 16w in
50.80h x 40.64w cm

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Lydia See  A Walk I took to Mt. Cook, NZ (Joan, 1995), 2016  Chainstitch embroidery, family photograph  5h x 3 1/2w in  Framed: 15h x 12w in -Family photograph embroidered by chainstitch

Lydia See

A Walk I took to Mt. Cook, NZ (Joan, 1995), 2016

Chainstitch embroidery, family photograph

5h x 3 1/2w in
12.70h x 8.89w cm

Framed: 15h x 12w in
38.10h x 30.48w cm

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Lydia See  Sculptures at Hearst Castle (Anita, 2001), 2016  Step stitch embroidery, family photograph  7h x 4w - Family photograph embroidered by step stitch in  Framed: 15h x 12w in

Lydia See

Sculptures at Hearst Castle (Anita, 2001), 2016

Step stitch embroidery, family photograph

7h x 4w in
17.78h x 10.16w cm

Framed: 15h x 12w in
38.10h x 30.48w cm

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Lydia See  (Joan, 1995), 2016  Blackwork embroidery, family photography  5h x 3 1/2w in  Framed: 15h x 12w in -Family photograph embroidered by blackwork

Lydia See

(Joan, 1995), 2016

Blackwork embroidery, family photography

5h x 3 1/2w in
12.70h x 8.89w cm

Framed: 15h x 12w in
38.10h x 30.48w cm

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Lydia See  (Charlie, 2002), 2016  Feather stitch and French knot embroidery, family photograph  7h x 4w in  Framed: 15h x 12w in -Family photograph embroidered by french knot and feather stitched

Lydia See

(Charlie, 2002), 2016

Feather stitch and French knot embroidery, family photograph

7h x 4w in
17.78h x 10.16w cm

Framed: 15h x 12w in
38.10h x 30.48w cm

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Lydia See  (David, 1996), 2020  Backstitch embroidery, family photography  3 1/2h x 5w in  Framed: 15h x 12w in -Family photograph embroidered by backstitch

Lydia See

(David, 1996), 2020

Backstitch embroidery, family photography

3 1/2h x 5w in
8.89h x 12.70w cm

Framed: 15h x 12w in
38.10h x 30.48w cm

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Lydia See  35.4275927,-83.4446604 Appalachian Dream, 2019  pieced salvaged construction mesh, thread, wool salvaged from closed rug weaving mill  55h x 55w in - mixed media embroidery of acrylic on vintage cloth with thread

Rachel Meginnes

Sleep Cycle, 2014

Acrylic on vintage cloth with pulled thread embroidery

75h x 73w in
190.50h x 185.42w cm

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Erin Castellan  Keep One Foot in the Black  Thread, beads, acrylic paint, fabric, felt  23h x 16w in -a piece intertwined by the use of thread, beads, acrylic paint, fabric and felt

Erin Castellan

Keep One Foot in the Black

Thread, beads, acrylic paint, fabric, felt

23h x 16w in
58.42h x 40.64w cm

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Erin Castellan  The Summer of Rainbows, Love and a Mobile Home  Thread, yarn, beads, acrylic, found fabric  28h x 17 1/2w in - mixed media of thread, yarn, acrylic on found fabric

Erin Castellan

The Summer of Rainbows, Love and a Mobile Home

Thread, yarn, beads, acrylic, found fabric

28h x 17 1/2w in
71.12h x 44.45w cm

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Lydia See  35.4275927,-83.4446604 Appalachian Dream, 2019  pieced salvaged construction mesh, thread, wool salvaged from closed rug weaving mill  55h x 55w in -Weaved salvaged construction mesh, thread and wool together

Lydia See

35.4275927,-83.4446604 Appalachian Dream, 2019

pieced salvaged construction mesh, thread, wool salvaged from closed rug weaving mill

55h x 55w in
139.70h x 139.70w cm

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Kathryn Clark  Wunderkammer 1, 2019  Machine stitched cotton organdy  5h x 6w x 5d in -small round white wall sculpture

Kathryn Clark

Wunderkammer 1, 2019

Machine stitched cotton organdy

5h x 6w x 5d in
12.70h x 15.24w x 12.70d cm

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Kathryn Clark  Wunderkammer 2, 2019  Machine stitched cotton organdy  3 1/2h x 3 1/2w x 4d in -cube shaped white cotton wall sculpture

Kathryn Clark

Wunderkammer 2, 2019

Machine stitched cotton organdy

3 1/2h x 3 1/2w x 4d in
8.89h x 8.89w x 10.16d cm

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Kathryn Clark  Wunderkammer 3, 2019  Machine and hand stitched cotton organdy  7h x 3 1/2w x 3 1/2d in - white double cube shapes wall sculpture

Kathryn Clark

Wunderkammer 3, 2019

Machine and hand stitched cotton organdy

7h x 3 1/2w x 3 1/2d in
17.78h x 8.89w x 8.89d cm

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Kathryn Clark  Wunderkammer 4, 2019  Machine and hand stitched cotton organdy  10h x 6w x 3d in -white cotton wall sculpture

Kathryn Clark

Wunderkammer 4, 2019

Machine and hand stitched cotton organdy

10h x 6w x 3d in
25.40h x 15.24w x 7.62d cm

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Kathryn Clark  Wunderkammer 5, 2019  Ink and hand embroidery on cotton organdy  18h x 15w x 4d in -white cotton wall sculpture with words visible

Kathryn Clark

Wunderkammer 5, 2019

Ink and hand embroidery on cotton organdy

18h x 15w x 4d in
45.72h x 38.10w x 10.16d cm

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Kathryn Clark  Wunderkammer 6, 2019  Ink and hand embroidery on cotton organdy  18h x 7w x 5d in -white cotton wall sculpture, square shaped with thread going down the center

Kathryn Clark

Wunderkammer 6, 2019

Ink and hand embroidery on cotton organdy

18h x 7w x 5d in
45.72h x 17.78w x 12.70d cm

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Kathryn Clark  Wunderkammer 7, 2019  ink, machine and hand embroidery on cotton organdy  22h x 8w x 4d in -white cotton wall sculpture with stitching and words written in ink

Kathryn Clark

Wunderkammer 7, 2019

ink, machine and hand embroidery on cotton organdy

22h x 8w x 4d in
55.88h x 20.32w x 10.16d cm

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Kathryn Clark  Wunderkammer 7, 2019  ink, machine and hand embroidery on cotton organdy  22h x 8w x 4d in - white cotton wall sculpture with words written in ink

Kathryn Clark

Wunderkammer 8, 2019

ink and hand embroidery on cotton organdy

12h x 13w x 3d in
30.48h x 33.02w x 7.62d cm

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Kathryn Clark  Wunderkammer 9, 2019  Machine and hand stitched cotton organdy  18h x 13w x 3d in - white cotton wall sculpture sectioned off by squares while specific spots have ink

Kathryn Clark

Wunderkammer 9, 2019

Machine and hand stitched cotton organdy

18h x 13w x 3d in
45.72h x 33.02w x 7.62d cm

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Kathryn Clark  Wunderkammer 10, 2019  Machine and hand stitched cotton organdy  19h x 11w x 3d in -Hand stitched white cotton wall sculpture with ink circulating the center

Kathryn Clark

Wunderkammer 10, 2019

Machine and hand stitched cotton organdy

19h x 11w x 3d in
48.26h x 27.94w x 7.62d cm

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Kathryn Clark  Wunderkammer 11, 2019  Machine stitched cotton organdy  14h x 12w x 3d in - white cotton wall sculpture  stitches through machine

Kathryn Clark

Wunderkammer 11, 2019

Machine stitched cotton organdy

14h x 12w x 3d in
35.56h x 30.48w x 7.62d cm

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Kathryn Clark  Wunderkammer 12, 2019  Machine and hand stitched cotton organdy  12h x 4w x 3d in -white cotton wall sculpture stitched by hand and machine

Kathryn Clark

Wunderkammer 12, 2019

Machine and hand stitched cotton organdy

12h x 4w x 3d in
30.48h x 10.16w x 7.62d cm

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Rachel Meginnes  Seed, 2019  Quilt fragment and hand stitching  11h x 7w in Framed: 14 1/2h x 12 1/2w in  Unique -tan textured quilt fragment with hand stitching

Rachel Meginnes

Seed, 2019

Quilt fragment and hand stitching

11h x 7w in
27.94h x 17.78w cm

Framed: 14 1/2h x 12 1/2w in
36.83h x 31.75w cm

Unique

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Nava Lubelski  Like Those Monsters, 2009  Thread on stained canvas  12h x 12w in -stained green canvas with tread creating circles within the middle of the piece showing colors red and blue but a sheer view

Nava Lubelski

Like Those Monsters, 2009

Thread on stained canvas

12h x 12w in
30.48h x 30.48w cm

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Nava Lubelski  The Deadly Ooh Business, 2020  Electrical wire, yarn, acrylic paint and hand stitched thread on canvas  60h x 60w in -stretched canvas with mixed media including electrical wire, yarn, acrylic paint, and hand stitching

Nava Lubelski

The Deadly Ooh Business, 2020

Electrical wire, yarn, acrylic paint and hand stitched thread on canvas

60h x 60w in
152.40h x 152.40w cm

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Press Release

By a Thread

March 8 - April 18, 2020

Opening Reception: Friday, March 6, 6-8 p.m.

Tracey Morgan Gallery is pleased to present By a Thread, a group exhibition of work from 9 artists, all of whom are working beyond the traditional notions of stitching. Artists included are Kathryn Clark, Erin Castellan, Orly Cogan, Bridget Conn, April Dauscha, Nava Lubelski, Rachel Meginnes, Lydia See and Kirsten Stolle.

Once considered women’s work or an essential component of a young lady’s education, quilting, embroidery, needlework, stitching, and sewing have traditionally been devalued due to their association with domestic work and the feminine.  The Women’s Liberation movement and 1970s feminist artists such as Judy Chicago and Miriam Shapiro fought to elevate the “handicraft” to that of “high art.” These women, among others, paved the way for handicrafts to become a platform for artists that is celebrated; just as painting, sculpture, and more traditional mediums have been. They used the medium to tackle contemporary issues such as beauty, loss, reconstruction, misogyny, and to critique social, political, and environmental messaging.

The exhibition includes a survey of material processes from embroidery, cross-stitch, to hand bead work, and three-dimensional sculpture. Erin Castellan creates colorful, painterly collages using hand-embroidery, beads, knitting, crochet, and various found and painted fabrics. Her work evokes mortality, vulnerability, and considers our place in the world. April Dauscha also explores ideas of loss, death and separation. In her video Custody of the Tongue, “the artist goes between the delicacy of handcrafting a miniature piece of needle lace, to the vulgarity of wrapping a lacemaking thread, tightly, around her own tongue.”

Rachel Meginnes deconstructs and then reconstructs old quilts and family heirlooms to create new iterations of themselves. By adding embroidery, paint, image transfer, and hand stitching,  Meginnes recreates each quilt into a layered meditation on beauty and loss. Lydia See also creates new from the old by constructing a barn quilt square with salvaged construction mesh.  Her work, Appalachian Dream, is “an exercise in the liminal space between Appalachian semiotics and the white noise filled by advertising, referencing the domestic hand, the comforts of home, and concepts of displacement and gentrification.”

Nava Lubelski “juxtaposes rapid acts of destruction, such as spilling and cutting, with painstaking, restorative labor. Embroideries are hand-stitched over stains and rips, contrasting the accidental with the meticulous, constructing narrative from randomness and mistake.” Orly Cogan also works with vintage fabrics and found linens. Cogan adds hand stitching, thereby re-contextualizing the traditional content of vintage embroidery from conventional, expected messaging into something more reflective of contemporary women. Much of her work touches on themes of fertility, sexuality, isolation, vulnerability, and beauty in the mundane.

Kirsten Stolle’s  Needled, uses the traditionally sentimental process of cross-stitch to highlight and re-frame the messaging of corporate greed. Bridget Conn uses her machine stitched chemigrams as a response to the daily political, societal, and environmental crises that affect our lives as Americans. She distills her reactions to these events into a singular word, such as “Persist,” that is stenciled, cut and rearranged, then sewn into a singular piece. Kathryn Clark’s 12-piece installation, Wunderkammer, is an exploration and bridge between series of work, made as a way to process the chaos in the world today