NO HARD FEELINGS




Soon I will say goodbye, or at least farewell-for-now, to the community I have built around myself in Chicago. My leave-taking has already commenced, the pandemic having kept my friends and the city itself at a distance for much of the past year and a half. NO HARD FEELINGS is a series of embroidered textiles built out of the grief and joy in this closing of one chapter and beginning of another.

The installation is presented in homage to the city I will soon leave, to distant and soon-to-be-distant loved ones and the life they have helped me build in this place, and to the culture of diaspora into which I was born. They say that Jews are always saying goodbye but never leaving, but I know there is more to it: that we seek to linger in the moment we are about to leave because, often, in one way or another, there is no going back. In NO HARD FEELINGS, I have sought to hone the craft of lingering, creating keepsakes out of a few of the goodbyes that it would otherwise take me the rest of my life to finish.

NO HARD FEELINGS (2021) (detail). Embroidery on onionskin-, flower-, and acid-dyed cotton, dimensions variable. Exhibition view: 2021 Terrain Biennial, Evanston. 


NO HARD FEELINGS (2021) (detail). Embroidery on onionskin-, flower-, and acid-dyed cotton, dimensions variable. Exhibition view: 2021 Terrain Biennial, Evanston.


NO HARD FEELINGS (2021) (detail). Embroidery on onionskin-, flower-, and acid-dyed cotton, dimensions variable. Exhibition view: 2021 Terrain Biennial, Evanston.


NO HARD FEELINGS (2021) (detail). Embroidery on onionskin-, flower-, and acid-dyed cotton, dimensions variable. Exhibition view: 2021 Terrain Biennial, Evanston.

   
NO HARD FEELINGS (2021) (details). Embroidery on onionskin-, flower-, and acid-dyed cotton, dimensions variable. Exhibition view: 2021 Terrain Biennial, Evanston.