The process of Love’s creation involves selecting and sewing
patches of fabrics together, transferring photo images onto
the fabric, gluing it onto masonite, covering the whole with
a protective acrylic coating, and then using wax and oils
to create new forms. Inspired by the motifs suggested by the
fabric patterns and the photos, each work gradually develops,
and can take up to two weeks to complete.
Love likes her work to have “mysterious motifs,” and to “keep
the viewer interested,” she said. Speaking of this particular
exhibition, the artist said, “I work with imagery that relates
to questions of domestic life, childhood innocence, and family
connections. Through the use of family photographs I explore
how societal expectations of a woman’s place in the world
change through time.”
“The hand-stitched fabric remnants enhance associations with
domesticity,” Love said, and added that while creating these
works, she reflects on “domestic women’s place in the world.”
The old family photos help her to remember what her grandmother
and great-grandmother thought about issues of women’s identity
and freedom. “I am trying to figure out where I am in life
and where I’m going in the future,” Love said.
Love’s passion for art ignited in high school, and has worked
at the Contemporary Museum in Honolulu for the past three
years. Love’s exhibition continues through September 28. Admission
is free and gallery hours are Monday through Saturday 8 a.m.
to 5 p.m.