Portfolio > At War With Ourselves

With the series At War With Ourselves, I use the American Civil War as a platform to discuss the polarities of contemporary politics. I believe that, in many ways, we are still politically and ideologically fighting the Civil War. The battles over tradition vs. progress, state vs. federal power, big vs. small government, and the struggle for equality and civil rights provoked the Civil War, but they are ongoing today. In this work, I take historical photographs and illustrations from the Civil War and late 19th century America and use them to create patchwork embroidery. The sewn historical images are paired with embroidered text either written by myself or derived from historical and contemporary sources, including Civil War era journals, quotes from political figures, and slogans from both the Democratic and Republican parties’ websites. Using techniques from American folk art traditions and early 20th century propaganda posters, I place images alongside text to encourage the viewer to reconsider the motives, meanings, and power of these messages and to question how far we have really come as a nation since the 1860s.

Civil War embroidery art
embroidery and acrylic on fabric
36" x 24"
2014
You May Eat When I Am Full
embroidery and acrylic on fabric
16 1/4" x 14 1/4"
2011
Civil War embroidery art fiber battle cry of freedom union
Embroidery and fabric
21 1/4" x 27"
2014
Civil War embroidery art fiber battle cry of freedom confederate
Embroidery and fabric
21 1/4" x 27"
2014
embroidery fiber art civil war americana american history Koch brothers politics
embroidery and acrylic on fabric
27" x 26"
2015
embroidery fiber art civil war americana american history Ulysses S. Grant union
embroidery and acrylic on fabric
35 1/2" x 57 1/2"
2012
Easily Undone
acrylic, fabric, and brass zipper
34 1/2" x 59 1/2"
2012
Don't Ask Don't Tell
embroidery and acrylic on fabric
17 1/4" x 13 3/4"
2011
capitalism embroidery fiber art civil war americana free markets
embroidery and acrylic on fabric
2012
Wealth and Privilege (Jay Gould)
embroidery and acrylic on fabric
22" x 14"
2011
embroidery fiber art Civil War American History Americana Obamacare Health Care Veterans VA
embroidery and acrylic on fabric
36 1/2" x 35"
2012
Progress
embroidery, acrylic, and wool felt on fabric
25 1/2" x 31 3/4"
2011
Civil War American History Americana
embroidery, acrylic, and wool felt on fabric
25 1/2" x 31 3/4"
2012
Rose Greenhow
embroidery on canvas
12" x 12"
2012
American History Americana Lady Liberty flag
embroidery and acrylic on fabric
11" x 17"
2011
American History Americana Confederacy Civil War
embroidery and acrylic on fabric
11" x 17"
2011