Joan Dreyer

 
Time Piece 10 (Grief and Mourning Series), tree bark and cotton thread, 4.5 x 4.5inTime Piece 11 (Grief and Mourning Series), tree bark and cotton thread, 4.5 x 4.5inTime Piece 12 (Grief and Mourning Series), tree bark and cotton thread, 4.5 x 4.5in
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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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