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Marie Wohadlo's avatar Marie Wohadlo

This tapestry is made of 785,000 glass beads, each representing an hour of my grandmother's life. Depicted as we were always seated in the kitchen, eating, playing Scrabble, or just looking out the window, this long-term meditation on a single photo exists as a counterweight to society's freedom from choice and voluminous imagery. I believe the photo-weaving would not have been possible without a computer, but my core process is ancient. Created on a custom loom built from scrap wood, a rusted steel bed frame, two pipes, and hundreds of hair pins, I call it "technofolk" and a classsic return to childhood. The center space is filled with stars and constellations symbolizing shared memories and events, formed with a chance system, unpredictable, irregular, yet united, as metaphor for human interdependency and elusive ideals of harmony. For me, this weaving is a source of centeredness, restoration, and calm as I memorialize two people whom I never heard utter an unkind word about anyone.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 4mm
  • Medium: FIBER: 785,000 glass beads, weaving
  • Width: 20'6
  • Year created: 2021
  • Height: 5'6