Narrative Thread: Gina Adams and Marie Watt

Marie Watt A Cautionary Tale on Darkness, or: Raven Threatens to Take Back the Light, 2015 (detail) Reclaimed wool blankets, embroidery floss, thread 177 x 77 in.

An exhibition is a significant site to investigate broken promises and untold stories, to unravel dominant narratives and to focus on historical injustices repeated and repeating. Gina Adams and Marie Watt sew together broken promises. In large textiles with pale applied letters and small stitches that create constellations of communal hand motions, their work holds narrative power, internal sources of energy, potential for reanimation, history, and memory of action.

Narrative Thread: Gina Adams and Marie Watt tugs on the string of interrelated stories with gestures of art making that enfold memory and words that call knowledge forward to another generation. The stories, sounds, and silences integrated into each stitch of the fiber-works in the exhibition are connected to a specific material history that combines women’s work with distinct elements of political resistance. These stitches are dangerous; they use their needles to pin stories of injustice, universal time, and myth making to the wall.