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Andrea Garland
South Carolina

Artist Statement Submitted 2019

To illustrate the residue of previous generations, I emboss textiles inherited from my Southern American family. Formerly useful and distinctly decorative, these linens are now antiquated curiosities. Using the force of a printing press, I form shadowy impressions of the articles on paper, then manipulate the images with various media. I literally rinse, wring and dry many of these works in an effort to elevate the accepted understanding of domestic labor usually undertaken by women. Subverting the act of washing, I then apply smudges, streaks and line drawings to deepen the surface texture. The artifacts inhabit a quiet, central place on the picture plane, allowing them to exceed their perceived value. Layers of ragged cheesecloth shroud some of the pieces, obfuscating the image to suggest the unreliability of fading memories. Through my process I communicate the paradox between careful preservation of possessions and the burden of stewardship that accompanies inheritance.

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