Within my series of Motherboards, the line has been distorted between the types of websites that housed the original content. Though some of the figures were remediated from pornography sites, others were appropriated from sites that display famous works of art and fashion websites. By blurring the line between these female icons the viewer is invited to distinguish between them without context.
Once downloaded from the Internet, the image is digitally removed from its original surroundings. The image is then put through a series of digital alterations—translating the pixels into stitch. Jump-stitches left intact make the figures appear bound by the very medium that enables the figures' visual existence.
Using mechanical stitching as a drawing utensil, I make choices of where I want the stitches to exist—often eliminating stitches from areas or only stitching the outline of a color. Because of their size, each Motherboard takes anywhere from 1-3 months to design and sew. Many times several versions of a piece will be sewn before the work is completed. The digital aesthetic, that quite literally resembles a computer’s motherboard, juxtaposed with the hand-made associations of embroidery, speaks to the joining together of human and machine—fabricated domesticity.