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I don’t do well

Sarah Blanchette


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I don’t do well

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Title Origin: A distorted transcription from a video recorded of my family singing “Happy Birthday” to my paternal grandmother, Carol, as she asks for help from my young cousin to blow out the candles. Image Origins: Images from my cell phone documenting the day we brought my paternal grandmother’s cremains to the cemetery where both of her husbands, as well as her mother, family-in-laws, aunts, uncles, and nephew are buried. The cemetery images include my aunt’s hand on the one year anniversary of my grandmother’s (her mother) passing, the hands of my sister and cousin and the torso of my twin cousin; the grave of my paternal great grandmother; a portrait of myself, covered in grave moss.

45"H × 37"W × 1.5"D
Wall Hangings
Digital thermal print scans printed on velvet, cotton thread, vinyl, batting. Machine and handsewn.
Keep out of a humid environment. Dust gently with a cloth.


As a pre-teen, I formed my IRL identity alongside my online persona. For a while, these two girls grew parallel to one another. When the IRL girl started changing physically and becoming unhappy with her body, the online persona could hold on to the youthful body and image that she started with. It was then that the fragmented woman started to form. The work that I create is a repeated exercise of trying to bring these two women together to establish new common ground. Thus far, that task has been immense. I expect that these women will someday collide again, but for now, the closest they get to each other is within the work. The works that I create always begin from an archive. Whether that is a quick 5-minute photoshoot with myself and my iPhone or a trip to my family film archive, I always start within a series of images and work to exhaust it entirely before moving on. Having the power to control which imagery is implemented in the work is the nearest feeling that I can find to managing my image. In the digital world of the internet, we sacrifice all aspects of control. I have the most power in my world. The techniques used are often rooted in quilting. This specifically references the act of quilting -sewing layers together and creating repetitive shapes. The broader history of quilting involves women working collectively on projects. My practice is intentionally a solo effort intended for meditation.

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