09 Section 019 Valentine NWR
Dimensions: 24” x 24”
Materials: Machine embroidery and hand-stenciling on organic cotton, hemp and Tencel
I stitch the Terrain Squares with the same vocabulary I use when drawing: contour lines, eccentric hatching and a sort of scumbling—decorative, but not too decorative—for the lakes and rivers. My stitched lines meander, losing course and then regaining it. They carve through the height of the quilted stuffing, containing and bounding it. Lakes and their surrounding land are subdued through hatching. When I stitch the blue water, the only patches of color in the squares, I imagine the actions of the wind on its surface and the effects of its currents on what lies underneath.