Recite: Collective 2014

Recite is the first in a new body of work--a collaborative exploration of the textile and wallcovering collections at the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York. After meeting with textile curator Susan Brown and looking through the archives of the Cooper-Hewitt collections, I was inspired to work with this 18th century floral textile as the source imagery for Recite. Exploring how the eye reads surface pattern, I have deconstructed the repeat pattern by highlighting select floral motifs on the surface of hundreds of porcelain plates. Riffing on the historic as a musician may riff on a musical score, I offer Recite as my contemporary reinterpretation of this historic pattern. Recite measures 11ft wide by 5ft tall and is composed of 200 hand-thrown and hand-painted plates.