Whales I Series, 2008-2009

Whales Taken

27h x 21-1/2w • 2009 • $600

Hand-dyed cottons, machine pieced and appliquéd, with hand embroidery and clear wax.

This is a catalog of many once highly valued objects made from killing whales: whale oil lamps, whalebone corsets, buggy whips, and, above all, oil. This piece is a visual reminder of the past’s seeming innocence in its old-fashioned embroidery and simple grid pattern; the cuts of horizontal red slashes draw attention to the costs of these objects.

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Whales Taken, Large View