Fire (For Grandma), 2016

Materials: hand screen printed fabric with fabric pigments, cotton print, cotton embroidery floss, hand dyed muslin lining

In first grade, my grandma drew a fire. When her teacher saw, she was so impressed with my grandma's talent that she assumed someone had taught her. Her teacher brought the drawing to every classroom. 

My grandma says this was moment when she first knew she was an artist.

In preparation for this piece, my grandmother and I talked for three hours in her garden, and I noticed fire come up as a common motif in her passion, her love, and her cooking. I used my grandmother's own words embroidered into the lining of the piece, giving the piece a narrative of her own life in a way that is close to her, but that she does not have to share.