Enough Considered Project
This series of stitched samplers and participatory photographic portraits mines ENOUGH’s multiplicity of meanings, inviting reflection on wholeness, abundance, boundaries, sufficiency.
The stitched samplers bearing the word ENOUGH are based on traditional Victorian alphabet samplers, created by girls as a means of simultaneously learning the material skills of stitching and the non-material skills of language, religious devotion, and femininity.
My samplers seek to contextualize the concept of ENOUGH within this codified history of “dual-literacy,” which holds an underlying tension between indoctrination and self-expression. Within the tedious efforts of cross-stitch, a cryptic system of “speaking” emerges. ENOUGH is found buried within the alphabet of the sampler or fading into the dark linen background. The word appears both deliberate and quiet as a visual whisper.
The photographic portrait series, created in collaboration with photographer Lisa Levine, synthesizes the material/corporeal/somatic and the non-material/language/rhetoric of ENOUGH. A simple writing exercise invites participants to reflect on this word. Each participant is then invited to choose an ENOUGH stamp and apply it directly to their body. Locating the word physically on the body is a starting point for an embodied gesture of ENOUGH, a means of healing an old wound or violation, a message of boundaries/protection or a means of sanctifying one’s own sense of abundance.
In samplers and photographic portraits ENOUGH can become embodied and encrypted, benign or rebellious, leaving open-ended questions about what is spoken and what is hidden in plain sight.