Gallery - living-language-land

Living Language at studio

Living-language-land: Word portraits from the Earth is a collection of 25 framed textiles and 2 wall hangings. The pieces were inspired by 26 carefully chosen words from endangered and minority languages from all over the world from the living-language-land project. 

Each word reveals a complex and elemental connection to land and nature, many of which have no direct translation to English. My part in the project was to create 'word portraits' in stitched textiles that would engage emotions and light up curiosity for these beautiful, poetic words. This project brings together themes I'm passionate about: our relationship with nature, love of words and language, spirituality, and culture. With these pieces, I re-interpret each of the words into fabric pictures based on the information provided and my emotional responses.

The original organizers for the word collection, artist Neville Gabie and neuroscientist Philippa Bayley of the UK, responded to my offer to create a visual version of this collection with full endorsement and encouragement. As such, much of the text in the descriptions of the art for each of the images is paraphrased from their website with their permission.

I am currently seeking venue commitments for this exhibition and will post developments as they emerge. Please watch my Events page for updated information. I am also preparing a presentation, by Zoom or in person, for educational purposes. Contact me for details.