From the artist: Hands are one of the most recognizable and expressive parts of the body. The image of the hand has been used throughout history as a symbol of power, community, and protest. Yet when taken out of context, multiplied, and layered, the forms become abstract and begin to evoke a sense of restlessness and disquiet.
Created in 2017 as we saw an increase in turmoil and discord in our country, "Common Thread" speaks to a shared anxiety and confusion about the collective unrest our society is now experiencing and the need for groups of people to come together to make change. Strings come from the hands much like a mess of jumbled marionettes to gather in a pile of tangled fiber. By marrying this imagery with the repetitive, vulnerable, and time consuming art of embroidery, I put labor into a piece that calls for work - for people to come together and make choices on how to pull the strings.