Miniature Portraits, 2010-present (ongoing series)
Hair on cloth in dollhouse and found frames
Miniature Portraits – Eye, 2012
Hair on cloth in dollhouse frame
I am creating a series of stitched drawings that act as my memoirs. Self-portraits are often the subject matter of this work and I mostly “sew from a mirror”. This lineage of portraiture and the constant act of looking at myself is about the changing light on my head in the passing of time. It is a series of moments over the years that slowly create a story of my life, as a kind of diary. They are both personal and anonymous.
I stitch constantly in response to my everyday routine. Inspiration comes from my fascination with historical samplers, Native American artifacts, miniatures, and Victorian tokens of love and remembrance. Hair which is embroidered and woven into the cloth is used as a genetic signature to the work, as a series of colors that reflect my aging process and as a tribute to my fascination with Victorian hair works that commemorated loved ones. This display of self-portraits in dollhouse frames is inspired by collections of miniatures in English manor houses. Changing drawing scale to these thumb sized portraits allowed me to re-examine my process of drawing. Stitched line is both physical and illusory.
Hair Sketchbook, 2012
This book pays homage to both textile sample books as well as personal diaries. Using my hair and found cloth only, I have played with a variety of ways of weaving, braiding and embroidering the hair into the cloth. The simple imagery is both abstract and iconic imagery from the history of my life. It is an exploration of the idea of a book itself. Each page’s imagery is a testament to the space of a page or the physicality of a book as a diary. It is my tribute to the corner, the spine, the edges, the center and the possible content a book or diary may contain. Diaries that are read by others reveal so much and yet so little. It is this kind of narrative tension that I investigated in this piece.
– Leslie Schomp (Rutland, MA)