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From the artist:
Jacobean Crewelwork highlighted the exotic and the new which came our way as a result of Imperialism in the 17th Century.
The Tree of Life is a primary motif of this traditional embroidery technique. One for Sorrow explores this in a contemporary way that hints at our excesses, and the abuse of our planet over the past 400 years. A vibrant, living branch intertwines with one that is petrified, representing the cycle of life and death.
The corvidae family of birds have become central to my personal iconography, my expression of my Jewish identity, and my sense of being an outsider. I came to crows via Auschwitz survivor, chemist and author, Primo Levi who spoke of the “corvi del crematorio” when referring to the Sonderkommandos set up by the Nazi's to administer their particular brand of evil.
One for Sorrow has been selected for the Hastings Contemporary at the Hastings Museum and Art Gallery, and will be on display from the end of August until January 3, 2021. It made the first shortlist for the MotherArt Prize 2020. It is my final submission (yet to be assessed) for the first module of the Royal School of Needlework Certificate Course.