alabamathirteen

I am a largely self-taught, working-class, disabled artist based in Leeds. I work mainly with photography, embroidery and sound recordings. My work is focused around bodies, spaces and places, both public and private, and how we experience and occupy them both as individuals and as a society. I specifically draw on my own personal limitations navigating and negotiating the spaces and places I occupy as a disabled woman.

The Forest (triptych), 2020
Embroidery on photographs, 85mm x 45mm

Dark embroidered photograph
Embroidered photograph
Embroidered photograph

Image description: The Forest is a series of three embroidered instax photos. The photo on the left of the triptych is a very dark image of a canopy of trees. The middle photo is completely white as it did not develop properly. The photo on the right is predominantly a light sky with some dark tree branches around the bottom of the image. Traditional blackwork embroidery has been stitched over the top of the images. On the two photos of the trees the pattern consists of three columns of an eight sided, segmented shape that looks a bit like a wheel with spokes, using black thread over the left hand photo and white thread over the right hand photo. The pattern on the middle image is a series of rhombus shapes created from vertical lines, stitched in white thread.

The Climb (triptych), 2020

Embroidery on photographs, 108mm x 88mm

Embroidered photograph
Embroidered photograph
Embroidered photograph

Image description: The Climb is a series of three embroidered Polaroid photographs. The photographs were not used in a camera so don’t have any pictures on them, instead there is a blur of grey and white, a vague imprint of the shadows of some blinds that they sat below on a windowsill. There is a traditional blackwork embroidery pattern stitched down the left hand side of each polaroid. The stitching is done in gradients of grey. On the first photo, the pattern consists of rows of staggered straight lines that give the overall impression of a column of zig zags. On the second photo, the pattern consists of three columns of an eight sided, segmented shape that looks a bit like a wheel with spokes. And on the final photo, the pattern consists of seven rows of short and long diagonal stitches in a column.