Joan Dreyer

 
Shells, Disposable Respirator/Face Mask, Buttons, Thread, Paint, 5in. x 5in. x 5in.Shell, Disposable Respirator/Face Mask, Buttons, Thread, Paint, 5in. x 5in. x 5in.Shells, Disposable Respirator/Face Mask, Buttons, Thread, Paint, 5in. x 5in. x 5in.Calendar of Loss (Future) (Grief and Mourning Series), digital print on cotton with stitching and ink, 28 x 23in
Calendar of Loss (Past) (Grief and Mourning Series), digital print on cotton with stitching and ink, 28 x 23inCalendar of Loss (Present) (Grief and Mourning Series), digital print on cotton with stitching and ink, 28 x 23inJoan Dreyer, Zodiacs (Set of 12), couched and quilted unbleached muslin, found wood frames, 5 x 5in eachJoan Dreyer, Zodiacs (Set of 12) (detail), couched and quilted unbleached muslin, found wood frames, 5 x 5in each
Joan Dreyer, Seasons (Set of 4) (detail), couched and quilted linen/found wood frames, 5 x 5in each squareJoan Dreyer, Seasons (Set of 4) (detail), couched and quilted linen/found wood frames, 5 x 5in each squareJoan Dreyer, Days of the Week (Set of 7) (detail), couched and quilted unbleached muslin, found wood frames, 5 x 5in eachTree of Loss II (Grief and Mourning Series), digital print on cotton/cotton thread stitched, 68 x 53in
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Artist Statement:
From ancient Hebrew psalmody to Celtic lore to Native American legend, the willow tree has variously symbolized grief, healing and feminine wisdom. The willow became more commonly associated with sorrow and loss, as seen in 18th and 19th century mourning quilts and samplers. However, in contrast to Early American and Victorian artifacts that sought to evoke the memory of a particular deceased person, my work seeks to embody a more collective human response to mourning. Daily we experience many types of loss – of confidence, dignity, youth, mobility, control, job, etc. Grief is a place we unwillingly occupy. Using imagery inspired by the willow tree, this work examines the stages of grief. The stitching of repetitious circular hatch marks mimic rings found in tree trunks. These counting marks, from 1 to 5, correspond to the five stages of grief.

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