Threads Through Time-Lauren DiCioccio

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Sewnnews 29 JUL 16 (Hillary Clinton), 2016
From Sewnnews Series
Hand-embroidery on cotton muslin upholstered around the July 29, 2016 edition of The New York Times
On loan from the Jack Fischer Gallery, San Francisco and the artist

 

Sewnnews 9 OCT 16 (Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump), 2016
From Sewnnews Series
Hand-embroidery on cotton muslin upholstered around the October 9, 2016 edition of The New York Times
On loan from the Jack Fischer Gallery, San Francisco and the artist

 

Lauren DiCioccio is a fiber artist working in soft sculpture and embroidery. She earned a BFA in Art and Art History from Colgate University in 2002, and currently lives in San Francisco. She taught herself embroidery and sewing, having only any prior knowledge of fiber arts through cross-stitching and watching her mother sew Halloween costumes. For DiCioccio, cloth and thread convey memory, emotion and empathy.

The Sewnnews series began in 2006. DiCioccio writes:

As news-gathering departs from paper form and is conveyed instead through the television and internet, the newspaper becomes a nostaligic and old-fashioned object.  I describe the beauty of the ritual experience of newspaper-reading by describing the paper as a tactile and fragile object in the language of craft.  The pieces in this series are entire issues of The New York Times encased in hand-embroidered cotton muslin.  I select a photograph from the paper; usually a strong image suggestive of power, leadership or communication; and embroider the image onto the fabric, applying colors in a painterly way and layering line and thread.  Portions of the image remain as outline and threads tangle and unravel from the fabric.

The two works displayed here are from the 2016 Presidential Election. The first shows Hillary Clinton in a white suit accepting the Democratic nomination for president. She was the first woman nominated for the position. The other work shows a moment during the second presidential debate on October 9, 2016 between Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee, Donald Trump.

 

For more on Lauren DiCioccio, visit her website: https://www.laurendicioccio.com