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Be Strong, Always 2011, 40" x22" $600
Be Strong, Always
Hanging on by a Thread 2010 40" x 22" $600
Hanging on by a Thread
Torn from the Roots 2010 40" x 22" $600
Torn from the Roots
Home Fires 2010 40" x 22" $600
Home Fires
Issues, Public & Private 2010, 40" x 22" $600
Issues
Suck it Up 2013, 73" x 62.5" $2500
Suck it Up
The Other Woman 2011, 71" x 50" $1775
The Other Woman
Unravelling 2012, 40" x 22" $600
Unravelling
Connections 2013, 40" x22" $600
Connections
War Sucks 2009, 53" x 88 1/2" $2465
War Sucks
Absence II 2013, 99.5" x 78.5" $2500
Absence II
Medallion for an Army Family 2011, 75" x 80" $3000
Medallion for an Army Family
Welcome Home 2013, 24" x 48" $600
Welcome Home
The Army Wife in situ 2013 at McGuffey Art Center, Charlottesville, VA
The Army Wife in situ

The Army Wife

The Army Wife is an ongoing series of textiles telling the story of expectations and realities in the world of the military spouse. Common domestic forms such as aprons, quilts and sheets and kitschy or cheery images manage to convey the very serious business of life and love. The aprons reference retro-housewifeyness: the clash of expectations vs. reality, which is also the clash a military spouse experiences daily. The quintessential military spouse is everything to everyone and manages the chaos with a serene smile. She is banker, lawyer, nurse, moving company, manager, madonna, and whore to name a few. She tries her best to keep it all close and thus carries an amulet bag on her apron holding that which is most dear: a home with roots, her family, and a heart of stone to stoically endure the often lonely and transient life of a military spouse. This series attempts to peel away the already uncomfortable headlines about modern American warfare to expose personal issues about being second fiddle to the greater cause. There is strength, but it is soft and fragile. This series confronts my personal experiences, exposing my words, my insecurities, my fears and foibles for everyone to see. Hopefully there is also a greater experience in which others can recognize themselves.