Exhibition Detail

Ellen High: How She Taught Me

How She Taught Me

Ellen High

My thesis project is a record of individual conversations with women in my community. In these conversations, the participant and I discuss women in their life that have served as teachers in some way, either in a traditional or nontraditional sense. As we talk, the participant and I embroider together, stitching over quotes and images that were generated during previous conversations over the course of the project. This environment, defined by the slow labor of the craft and the shared stories, is intimate, organic, and tactile: an ideal environment for passing information and knowledge. Excerpts from these conversations are recorded in embroidered patches, created by the collective hands of these women, as a log both of the time and content shared over the series of interactions. The pieces each exist individually, but share the same scale and shape, and are scattered as a collection on a large table, giving viewers the ability to touch, assemble, and examine the words shared by these women. This interaction invokes the same sense of gathering under which the pieces were created, and allows for further knowledge to be gained through the haptic.

Website: Ellen High

On view at Stamps Gallery

This work is featured as part of Exchanges: How We Got Here, The 2018 Stamps Senior Show, unfolding during the month of April in four exhibition sites throughout the city of Ann Arbor: the Michigan Theater, Duderstadt Video Studio, Work Commons in the Art & Architecture Building, and Stamps Gallery. Each space will host key exhibition events including film/video screenings, live performance, and opening receptions. Check the exhibition page for dates, times and hours.