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Becca Van K, CLC Needlepoint 4 - Siegel-Kline Kill, 2020




embroidery floss, needlepoint canvas, nylon cord, and E6000 on wood. My artistic spirit is committed to tenderness, reverence, generosity, and humor. I draw inspiration from the natural world, 80s/90s graphics and nostalgia, house/techno music, and the concept of comfort. I weave a collective blanket of meditation in the repetitive acts of handcraft, walking, and listening to techno. I enter a nurturing and otherwise inaccessible headspace when I engage in these repetitive acts, which translates to works that are infused with care and personality. Consistently vacillating between the realm of craft and fine art, my practice utilizes needlepoint, latch hook rug making, and macrame. These largely overlooked techniques are a map of my self-taught and mother-taught experiences. I take pride in the time-consuming nature of this work, and aim to create pieces that subvert conventional notions about the functions of handcraft. Needlepoint is historically inextricable from the feminine as well as from my own experience of the feminine. My mother was the first handcrafter I knew and she was my first teacher. I use the medium of needlepoint as a way to continue this lineage, while giving the medium a modernized, irreverent feeling in its content and color palette. I make a diverse range of objects which includes needlepoint landscapes, fake plant sculptures, textile-covered furniture, handmade rugs, and upcycled textile collage. I exhibit my work in various forms, with a passion for immersive tactile installations of my soft sculpture, furniture, and wall works. The joy of my viewers is at the center of my practice.

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5.00 x 5.00 x 0.25 in | 12.70 x 12.70 x 0.63 cm

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