This is a conceptual project that explores the communication between men and women, who are dating, through text messaging, from a female perspective and personal experience. The dialogues chosen reflect the uncertainty of relationships, unclear gender roles, and lack of commitment and understanding of women´s needs in a fast-paced technological world. Also, text messaging involves a concise selection of words to convey intentions, feelings, and emotions. The texts are inspired by women who are dating in New York and have participated in the project.
This is a mixed-media project that consists of thirteen canvases which include sewing of images and letters in yarn, collage, letters, paint, graffiti, and block print. Each piece contains female and/or male symbols. The main focus of the project is on sewing due to its historical relation to a female activity. Also, sewing involves piercing, which is related to pain, not only piercing of the material, but also of the fingers during the sewing process. At the same time, yarn has a hand crafted delicate quality that contrasts with the harshness of the words in the text messages. On the other hand, I chose collage from female magazines due to their high content of female symbols. The images in each piece relate to the dialogue and represent a recognizable icon that can be observed in New York. I have used symbolism in both the choice of color and images.
From a distance, the overall image can be seen, but the pieces cannot be understood unless the viewer observes the symbols and reads the texts creating an intimacy with the work. Therefore, I have chosen a small format to force the viewer to concentrate on each piece.