Columbia

Art, Design, Cross Stitch, Typography

Using Cross Stitch to Show the Disparity Women Face in the U.S. Compared to the Rest of the World.

‘Columbia’ is a series of seven cross stitch embroidered statements about how being a woman in the United States compares to the rest of the world. Each embroidery is mounted in found gold painted frames.

Source: NPR

Source: Inter-Parliamentary Union

Source: New York Times

Cross stitch is a traditional medium typically used by women in home decor. If the piece includes typography, it tends to include generic statements such as "Bless this Home", or Bible verses. ‘Columbia’ reclaims the medium in a way that communicates surprising information about the experience of being a woman in the U.S.

The decision to mount the work in spray-painted gold frames emphasizes the lies we are told about America. On the outside America seems like a place of hope, progress, and inspiration, but in reality, the experience of living here pales in comparison to other developed countries around the world. America has failed so many populations, but especially women.

Source: Newsweek

Source: World Economic Forum

The name Columbia takes inspiration from the female national personification of the United States Instead of being a mere symbol for womanhood, the artist has reimagined ‘Columbia’ as a more relevant representation of the American woman experience.

Source: CNN

Source: Prison Policy Initiative