In my late teens I was gifted a vintage garment and a humble handwritten note. The garment hung in the dark, protected from the light for decades - its story as hidden as it was. Recently, I brought it out from the shadows and found myself weirdly shifting between the decades. As I spent time with it I was captivated by its apparent beauty. Yet, the garment’s materiality - its frayed edges, bleeding dyes, and yellowing fabric spoke to me of the fragility of life, women's stories and the challenges associated with identity and role. As I wore the garment i was reminded of the transience of all things and beings and the fragility of life.
The weaving process, the bespoke pattern, and the hand-stitched seams also drew me in. This artifact had a language of its own where different forces were stitched and woven together, where diverse skills, experiences and knowledge were combined. The garment spoke to me of community. When I stood back and viewed it in its “wholeness,” I saw beauty, diversity, strength, synergy and a variety of other elements required for a thriving community. As women, men, individuals of different races, cultures and places, the need to value our diversity and to function as a whole may be more important than ever if we aspire to global sustainability.
- Lesia Maruschak, 2016.
WOMAN SERIES, 2017
Archival Pigment Print
Hahnemühle UltraSoft Rag Paper
Print Size 16 X 12 in., Image Size 13 X 8 in, Edition of 15 + 2AP
Print Size 24 X 16 in., Image Size 20 X 12 in., Edition of 9 + 2AP
Print Size 40 X 26 in., Image Size 32 X 20 in., Edition of 5 + 2AP