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Trajectory Patterns is a visual representation of every mass shooting* that has occurred in the United States in 2016. Using data from the not for profit Gun Violence Archive, I have created a panel for each incident with one inch of length representing a person who was killed or wounded in that specific shooting. A hand-embroidered label is sewn onto each panel with the street address where the shooting took place. The city and state of each address was intentionally omitted creating ambiguity for the viewer. Each shooting could have happened in any neighborhood, in any city, in any state. The fabric used for the piece consists entirely of suiting and apparel fabrics maintaining a human connection to the work. Mostly wool blends, the fabrics have a weight to them embodying the heaviness of the subject matter.

The finished piece measures 24 inches wide by 167 feet long.

*For this project a mass shooting is defined as one incident where four or more people were shot, not including the shooter.

Adding a section representing the mass shootings that occurred from mid-August to mid-September while the piece was on view at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno.
Embroidery and fabric
167' x 2'
2016
Installation view from the Nevada Museum of Art "Tilting the Basin" exhibition in Las Vegas.
Embroidery and fabric
167' x 2'
2016
Detail from the installation at Nevada Museum of Art "Tilting the Basin" exhibition in Las Vegas.
Embroidery and fabric
167' x 2'
2016
Trajectory Patterns Embroidery Fiber Art Mass Shootings Gun Control
Embroidery and fabric
167' x 2'
2016
Trajectory Patterns
Embroidery and fabric
167' x 2'
2016
Trajectory Patterns
Embroidery and fabric
167' x 2'
2016
Trajectory Patterns
Embroidery and fabric
167' x 2'
2016
Trajectory Patterns
Embroidery and fabric
167' x 2'
2016