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Re-pattern

Imprint of his Native Landscape

 

Re-pattern

 
 

The works in Re-pattern investigate the history of the Russian shirt, the emblem of pioneers in the first Israeli settlements at the beginning of the 20th century. The project responds to and attempt to deconstruct the mythological meanings attached this symbol through a series of fictitional rituals that relate to the historic use of the object. Some of the works relate to the embroidered pattern on the shirt, which is being transformed by an intergenerational play of interpretation and embroidered again by the three generations of women in my family in a barley field in Israel. Other works address the cutting pattern itself, which I'd discovered in an archive of eastern European textiles. The cutting pattern is utilised here as template for the “whitening” of used bedclothes that belonged to my grandmother,  which are being transformed into potential shirt-uniforms through the process.