Angela Ellsworth
Sister Wife Adrian (Catalysis III, 1970), 2008
Black thread on paper napkin
16 x 16 inches
Installation view: (l-r) Ellswoth, Lohner (rear), Hubbard (foreground), Der Ananian, Robinson.
Angela Ellsworth

Stitch Portraits (2003-present) are a series of drawings in thread exploring mark, movement and longing. Each Stitch Portrait is an image of someone I miss, long to see, or hope to meet one day. There is no preliminary sketch made on the napkin and there is little possibility of retracting the thread once the stitch is made due to the holes created in the paper. These drawings with thread on napkin are made while traveling in a car or on an airplane and are intricately linked to performance due to the unforgiving moments of a mark or a gesture.

For the exhibition Threads I would like to propose a series of stitch drawings from my most recent solo exhibition, Underpinnings (Jan 2009), which focused on unlikely alliances, pioneering women, and tools of translation. Inspired by early American Mormonism and the practice of polygamy, I stitched images of iconic female performance artists in gestures articulating transcendent moments and named them my Sister Wives.

Angela Ellsworth
Sister Wife Linda (The Story of My Life, 1973), 2008
Black thread on paper napkin
16 x 16 inches

Sister Wife Shigeko (Vagina Painting, 1965), 2008
Black thread on paper napkin
16 x 16 inches

Sister Wife Adrian (Catalysis III, 1970), 2008
Black thread on paper napkin
16 x 16 inches