Threads Through Time-Rachel Trusty

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Greta’s Garden, 2019
From Mended Memories Series
Hand-embroidery and ink on found photograph
On loan from the artist

 

Just Us, 2019
From Mended Memories Series
Hand-embroidery on found photograph
On loan from the artist

 

Overlook Overlooking, 2019
From Mended Memories Series
Hand-embroidery and ink on found photograph
On loan from the artist

 

We Were in Love Once, 2019
From Mended Memories Series
Hand-embroidery and ink on found photograph
On loan from the artist

 

Rachel Trusty is an artist, educator, and curator. She received a BA in Art Education in 2006 from UCA. She is currently a student at the University of Kansas in the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies PhD Program. Her research at the University of Kansas explores how LGBT+ artists use materials and processes to discuss personal identity.

Trusty’s personal work focuses on themes of femininity, gender, and sexuality. She incorporates traditional women’s materials and techniques, such as embroidery and sewing, in her work.

The Mended Memories series explores the act of actively remembering poignant moments from a personal past. The pieces feature women in ambiguous same-sex relationships. Historically, these relationships have been purposely overlooked and erased. Layers of touch imbue the photos with layers of personal meaning: The original photographs act as a document, bodies imprinted on paper through light. Ink revives the image, bringing it back to life. Hand-embroidery serves to rework, process, or embellish the original memory.

For more information on Rachel Trusty, visit her website: https://www.racheltrusty.com