Migration

h 172 x w 128 cm variable (68” x 50”)
Tapestry weaving, tufting
Wool, linen, hemp cord, cotton

My ancestors emigrated from Lithuania, Ukraine, Japan and Scotland to Canada, and now I have emigrated to Scotland. This tapestry suggests movement between two areas, connections and displacement between them. The rising feeling is about the positive aspects of migration, but there can also be nostalgia for the old life.

My tapestries are often shaped, like continents or islands. They sometimes come in clusters and layers, rather that singular pieces. In this piece, there are the two distinct surfaces, the tufted area and the flat-woven one. This formal choice can suggest both isolation and connectivity, with the sometimes-interconnected areas saying that we are all linked. There is the possibility of migration, moving from one land mass to another, whether willingly or because of adverse circumstances. But there is hope as well, since no human is an island.

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