Image and Text: Embroidered Disruptions
Words have meanings, but so do images. As media theorist Marshall McCluhan said way back in 1964, “The media is the message.” In the presented works, Gates uses the medium of embroidery (often associated with feminine household labor, but also queens) to create an interplay of language and images. The resulting work highlights contextual influence over raw material.
Professor Alison A. Gates (she/her/hers) is head of Fibers/Textiles in the Art and Design program at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay, where she also teaches in Women’s and Gender Studies. Her work in sculpture and textiles often focuses on the ambiguity of language and non-verbal means of communication.