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August 9th, 6-11 pm

A self-exploration of love and loss, this body of work reflects Lena Joy Whittle's struggle with depression, anxiety, and the human condition. These text-based works which include pillows hand-embroidered with poems written by the artist are “things you can hold onto”, unlike the fleeting emotions and failed relationships we all experience.

The artist likens the embroidery process to one’s personal journey. If a person’s life is a line, or a thread, as it moves through space and time it both pierces and damages the surface, yet this results in decoration so complex that the holes are no longer visible. Isn’t that kind of what life is?