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Just a couple, huh. Ain’t I special enough?,

Sarah Blanchette

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Just a couple, huh. Ain’t I special enough?,

In continued efforts to meld the digital with the physicality of quilting, I began experimenting with the digital pixel and its optical ability in the physical world. I was also interested in the idea of ‘baring it all’ under the protection of the pixel. Title Origin: ‘Just a couple, huh? aint I special enough’ was a question asked of me by a man online looking for something more than the photos I sent him.

3
47"H × 0.5"W × 37"D
Fiber/Textiles
Wall Hangings
Nudes
Contemporary
Quilting
Digital image printed on coated fabric, thread
No
No
Can be dusted and wiped down with a little water if needed.

STATEMENT

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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