Sunroop Kaur #25 Ode to My Mother’s Needles
By Sunroop Kaur
|Dimensions||10 × 8 in|
Embroidery thread, stretched raw canvas
My works exist at various intersections and investigate the tactile quality of embroidery. Lapis Lazuli is a gemstone/mineral pigment historically mined in Afghanistan since the 7th millennium and is used to make ultramarine blue. With references to Eastern and Western art conventions, the series alludes to the gendered art politics surrounding textile art and the rich textile history of Punjab and Phulkari work. The bottom row features monochromatic blue spaces, with one piece having a cut-out—that functions as an elegant yet violent entry into the series. Through interdisciplinary methodologies, I explore blue as an art/conceptual material.