A Conversation on Canvas, 2020

Mixed Media

Natural plant-based dyes, unprimed canvas, and binding thread

40.00 x 60.00 in

101.6 x 152.4 cm

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About The Work

The work, A Conversation on Canvas, is a series of flags made with natural plant-based dyes, unprimed canvas, and binding thread. This body of work explores the structure of fiber to make a social statement. Incorporating the colors used by the American suffrage movement, I used turmeric and grapes for gold and purple. Drawings of children, in particular girls, are rendered onto the surface of the canvas. They represent the future stitched into the present and part of a long history. Each flag is in a different state of flux. From one point of view, one would say that the flags are unraveling. The edges are unfinished with many hanging threads. Yet, another read could be that all these loose threads are coming together as one. Bringing two opposing views into a conversation is the foundation for social change. This flag project, 40 Women Pulling on the Threads of Social Discord, is much more than an art exhibition. Like many other artists have done before, we are harnessing the power of the image. It not only communicates our personal ideas, it fundamentally expresses our collective values – a woman’s right to vote. Together, we raise our voices to be heard and wave our flags to be seen. –Susan Feliciano

Courtesy of The Contemporary Art Modern Project

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