"From These Hills" — Misty Stratton
Stratton seems to both layer time and space.
June 27, 2007
Another kind of reality, one that is as fragile and transitory as are memories, is evoked by Misty Stratton
[Wise, Va.]. Using a traditional embroidery technique to "draw" with needle and thread on old, used flour bags, she combines the old and the new in a way that seems to layer both time and space, thereby allowing past and present to co-mingle before our eyes; in stark contrast to the banality of mass-produced consumer culture, through Stratton's work we begin to understand the labor of the hand through the physical presence of her needlework drawing.