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Mental Gymnastics

Mental Gymnastics


Our minds tend to wander when we perform boring or repetitive tasks. This tailor is so engaged in her daydream that her body is no longer seated at her sewing machine but is instead deep-sea diving.


The velvet fabric she sews morphs into the dark blue ocean into which she dives. A cobalt and white necklace segment serves as the trim to the fabric she sews and the transition between her fantasy and reality. Found objects — shells and sand — complete the fantasy.


The diver's drysuit has been painted to match the color of the Murano glass beads. The sand in the bottles comes from the beach on Assateague Island near my studio; the shells come both from there and from our oyster farm. Other materials include fabric, found objects, freshwater pearls, citrine, sandpaper, acrylic paint, metal, paper, wood and a realistic miniature model of a diver.


Custom framed with museum glass in a sophisticated deep wooden frame in collaboration with Chevy Chase Art Gallery, Washington, DC.


Frame color: Black

Size (in inches): 14 x 22 x 4

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