BERLIN 2012- Present

These images are from a series of hand embroidered photographs following the entire 104 mile circumference of the Berlin Wall. Sections of the image have been obscured by cross-stitch embroidery sewn directly into the photograph. The embroidery is made to resemble pixels and borrows the visual language of digital imaging in an analog, handmade process. The images were taken in the city center as well as in the suburbs where I followed the former path of the wall through the outskirts of the city. I was interested in the psychological weight of these sites and the ways in which past history remains very much in the present. In many images, the embroidered sections represent the exact scale and location of the former Wall offering a pixelated view of what lies behind. In this way, the embroidery appears as a translucent trace in the landscape of something that no longer exists but is a weight on history and memory.  By having the embroidery take the form of digital pixels, I am making a connection between forgetting and digital file corruption. I am interested in the porous nature of memory as well the means by which photography transforms history into nostalgic objects that obscure objective understandings of the past.

 
BRANDENBURG GATE, HAND SEWN ARCHIVAL LINK JET PRINT, 2015
 
FORMER GUARD TOWER OFF PUSCHKINALLEE, HAND SEWN ARCHIVAL INK JET PRINT, 2013
 
BERNAUER STRASSE II, HAND SEWN ARCHIVAL LINK JET PRINT, 2016
 
MAUER PARK, HAND SEWN ARCHIVAL INK JET PRINT, 2012
 
PLANTS, FORMER OFFICES OF THE STATE SECRET POLICE, HAND SEWN ARCHIVAL INK JET PRINT, 2012
 
FORMER WALL AREA BETWEEN RUDOW AND ALTGLIENICKE, HAND SEWN ARCHIVAL INK JET PRINT, 2013
 
BERNAUER STRASSE, HAND SEWN ARCHIVAL INK JET PRINT, 2012
 
ERNA-BERGER STRASSE, HAND SEWN ARCHIVAL INK JET PRINT, 2013
 
CHECKPOINT CHARLIE, HAND SEWN ARCHIVAL LINK JET PRINT, 2015
 
KIELER STRASSE, HAND SEWN ARCHIVAL INK JET PRINT, 2012
 
SPREE PARK, FORMER DDR AMUSEMENT PARK, HAND SEWN ARCHIVAL INK JET PRINT, 2013
 
HOUSING PROJECT, PLANTERWALD, HAND SEWN ARCHIVAL INK JET PRINT, 2013
 
STAIRS, BÖSEBRÜCKE, HAND SEWN ARCHIVAL INK JET PRINT, 2013
 
BASKETBALL COURT, PARK AM NORDBAHNHOF, HAND SEWN ARCHIVAL INK JET PRINT, 2013
 
SACROWER HEILANDSKIRCHE, HAND SEWN ARCHIVAL INK JET PRINT, 2014
 
GRUNBERGER STRASSE, HAND SEWN ARCHIVAL INK JET PRINT, 2014
 
HEDGES AND FENCE NEAR FORMER WALL AREA, RUDOW, HAND SEWN ARCHIVAL INK JET PRINT, 2014