An Ear To The Ground

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An Ear To The Ground

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Erika Schmidt
Towels, Embroidery, Floss, Pen, Marker
16.5”x18.5”

Artist Statement: “This piece is a remake. I conceived and built the original on Quadra Island at the 2018 retreat in response to the freewriting of fellow Wayward-er Tai Lee. The text comes exclusively from Tai and from books I found at the Wayward house that week, with three exceptions -- quotes from Christine Blasey Ford, the National Center for Transgender Equality, and Audre Lord. I added these extra words to reflect seismic events that have occurred in America since I returned from Quadra in August.

I am not a textile artist. These found words being made into art and posted publicly despite my limited resources (no internet, lack of experience working with textiles, and time pressure) is part of the point for me.

The words of oppressors are covered with a layer of fabric so as not to have equal visibility.”

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