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Michelle Hayworth
updated: 02/10/2009
website: www.michellehayworth.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
Artwork Title
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Nuclear Past
Nuclear Past, detail
Nuclear Past, detail
The Family Hour
The Family Hour, detail
The Family Hour, detail
2 is Better than 1
2 is Better than 1, detail
2 is Better than 1, detail
Retrofit Memory
Retrofit Memory, detail
Retrofit Memory, detail
3 Women
3 Women, detail
3 Women, detail
 
Portfolio Keywords:  domestic, historical, feminist, memory, optical, portraiture, obsessive, autobiographical, craft, process
 
 
Nuclear Past by Michelle Hayworth
Nuclear Past
embroidery on inkjet print (paper) adhered to canvas
2008
30" x  39"  x 2" 
Nuclear Past, detail by Michelle Hayworth
Nuclear Past, detail
embroidery on inkjet print (paper) adhered to canvas
2008
30" x  39"  x 2" 
Nuclear Past, detail by Michelle Hayworth
Nuclear Past, detail
embroidery on inkjet print (paper) adhered to canvas
2008
30" x  39"  x 2" 
The Family Hour by Michelle Hayworth
The Family Hour
embroidery on inkjet print (paper) adhered to canvas
2008
30" x  39"  x 2" 
The Family Hour, detail by Michelle Hayworth
The Family Hour, detail
embroidery on inkjet print (paper) adhered to canvas
2008
30" x  39"  x 2" 
The Family Hour, detail by Michelle Hayworth
The Family Hour, detail
embroidery on inkjet print (paper) adhered to canvas
2008
30" x  39"  x 2" 
2 is Better than 1 by Michelle Hayworth
2 is Better than 1
embroidery on inkjet print (paper) adhered to canvas
2008
30" x  39"  x 2" 
2 is Better than 1, detail by Michelle Hayworth
2 is Better than 1, detail
embroidery on inkjet print (paper) adhered to canvas
2008
30" x  39"  x 2" 
2 is Better than 1, detail by Michelle Hayworth
2 is Better than 1, detail
embroidery on inkjet print (paper) adhered to canvas
2008
30" x  39"  x 2" 
Retrofit Memory by Michelle Hayworth
Retrofit Memory
embroidery on inkjet print (paper) adhered to canvas
2008
30" x  39"  x 2" 
Retrofit Memory, detail by Michelle Hayworth
Retrofit Memory, detail
embroidery on inkjet print (paper) adhered to canvas
2008
30" x  39"  x 2" 
Retrofit Memory, detail by Michelle Hayworth
Retrofit Memory, detail
embroidery on inkjet print (paper) adhered to canvas
2008
30" x  39"  x 2" 
3 Women by Michelle Hayworth
3 Women
embroidery on inkjet print (paper) adhered to canvas
2008
30" x  39"  x 2" 
3 Women, detail by Michelle Hayworth
3 Women, detail
embroidery on inkjet print (paper) adhered to canvas
2008
30" x  39"  x 2" 
3 Women, detail by Michelle Hayworth
3 Women, detail
embroidery on inkjet print (paper) adhered to canvas
2008
30" x  39"  x 2" 

Artist Statement
I come from a middle class American family of undisclosed origin that relocated often. As a result of this ambiguous history, I have become occupied with reconstructing memory and reality through the use of family snapshots and embroidery.

The photograph is scanned, enlarged, and printed on matte photo paper using an inkjet printer. The image is adhered to stretched, primed canvas with a heat-activated film. I then begin to “draw” or “paint” the surface of the photograph with a needle and thread.

The stitching models the forms and details in the photos that have been lost through time and by the enlargement process to reinforce or reclaim their reality. This process is comparable to the way we embellish recollections in order to make coherent narratives out of them. The slow process of sewing on top of an image we normally associate with spontaneity embodies the relationship of time in the present to our reconstruction of time in the past.

The photograph as a visual representation is two-dimensional. Drawing, however, is a link between the physical space we see and our hand-eye coordination. Because our senses are our only bridge to reality, I feel this record of perception is a closer approximation of truth. These concepts support the specific use of my technique of “drawing” with thread as I confront my memories in the photographs.

While I don’t intend this work to function as political activism, it is worth noting that both needlework and the snapshot have a history of tasks assigned to women. Ideas of preservation and family unity being dependant on women are implications of both the snapshot and needlework.

The photograph can’t escape the reference of struggle against impermanence. My attraction to the use of the photograph and the stability of stitch may be an attempt to salvage permanence from the fleeting nature of my history. When I look at the images I have chosen, I have little memory of them. As a result, I feel a physical impulse to consume them, to make them a part of me as a way of enveloping them into my identity.


Artist Bio / CV


Education


2008
Pratt Institute
Brooklyn, New York
M.F.A. Sculpture

2007
Tibet Study Abroad
Gomar Village, Tibet
Thankga Painting and Embroidery

2006
University of Alaska Anchorage
B.F.A. Sculpture
Minor Emphasis: Painting

Solo Exhibitions

2008 Retrofit Memory
M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition
Julian Curren Design Center
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York

2007 Bka′ Bsgo; Tibet in 40 Days
Student Union Gallery
University of Alaska Anchorage

2006
Urban Drone
B.F.A. Thesis Exhibition
Kimura Gallery
University of Alaska Anchorage

Selected Group Exhibitions

2008 VCU/Pratt M.F.A. Exchange
Plant Zero Gallery
Richmond, Virginia

2008 Small Works
Lucky Gallery
Brooklyn New York

2007 Tibet Revealed
Pratt Manhattan Gallery
New York, New York

2007 Alumni Juried Art Exhibition
Student Union Gallery
University of Alaska Anchorage
Honorable Mention

2006
Juried Exhibition
International Gallery of Contemporary Art
Anchorage Alaska
Third Place Award

2006 Juried Student Art Show

Student Union Gallery
University of Alaska Anchorage
Juror’s Choice


2005 Benefit for Aids Awareness
Bernie’s Bungalow
Anchorage, Alaska

Scholarships

2006/2007
Pratt First Year Scholarship
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York

2005/2006
Saradell Ard Art Scholarship
University of Alaska Anchorage

2005/2006 Ken Gray Endowment Scholarship
University of Alaska Anchorage

2005/2006
Muriel Hannah Scholarship for Art
University of Alaska Anchorage

Commissions: Public Art

2005 Wild Salmon on Parade
Collaborative Sculpture
City of Anchorage, Alaska

Collections


Electrical Sales Agents
Anchorage, Alaska

Tromge Ling Buddhist Center
Anchorage, Alaska

Florentina Gustai
Hollywood, Florida

Professional Experience in The Arts

2008 Curator
Preeminent Origins
Lucky Gallery
Brooklyn, NY

2007-2008
Assistant Manager
Thesis Galleries
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York

2006-2008 Press Coordinator
Pratt Artists League

2005-2006 Gallery Manager
Student Union Gallery
University of Alaska Anchorage

2004-2005
Teaching Assistant
Art Appreciation
University of Alaska, Anchorage