These are twenty-five works from my year- long project, I Remember. It echos the eighteenth-century silk needlework The First, Second and Last Scene of Mortality by Prudence Punderson, which became the inspiration for Kiki Smith's installation, Sojourn

 

According to Amelia Peck, Department of American Decorative Arts, Metropolitan Museum of Art: In eighteenth-century America, a girl was expected to grow up, get married, have children, and take care of a home. Because of the limits of her sphere, a girl received a very different education from that available to a boy...Instead of academic studies, girls were usually sent to schools that taught an assortment of skills considered "female accomplishments"–music, watercolor painting, comportment, manners, and sewing...

 

I forged a daily ritual by dripping vegetable juice (primarily beet juice) over squares of brisol paper. When dried, each drip was sewn over by hand. One square was sewn, dated and signed a day. It became a diary of memory, routine and marking of time. The process created both a link and a contrast with my female ancestor's daily lives.

 

 

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