Linda Sorkin Eisenberg
"My Mantle"

Pictures

Statement

Process

Garment Pictures

(Photo by Tom Caroll)

(Photo by Tom Caroll)

 

(Photo by Charles Fyer)

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Statement

I have been collecting old photos of couples for several years. My inspiration was the expressions on the faces. Everyone has a story. I went inside myself and began to remember my feelings of widowhood. I felt that I was always a third or fifth wheel. I remembered hearing the voices of people saying “how awful”, “poor Linda, it must be so hard for her, she is so young”. I felt, "it is a couple’s world."

Photos tell a story, looking into the eyes of the couples, & seeing their expressions made me think about their lives together and their lives as individuals.

I began writing short stories about the nine couples whose photographs I had transferred to fabric and so carefully embroidered and embellished. As I was working I realized the stories I wrote were another piece. I always felt that more was better, rather than less is more. I had to stop, I was getting carried away.

My inner process was very nostalgic, I began thinking of marriage as a rite of passage. I reflected on my children asking questions such as :are the ones that are married happy? Are the ones that aren’t married ever going to get married? If they get married will they be happy and live happily ever after?

Once I got past the memories, I started playing with the materials that I adore. My hands spoke to me and I began to have fun working with fabrics and fibers available to me.

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