The Medusa Banners

An ongoing series of embroidered textile banners and paintings: hand embroidery, digital embroidery, pigment, ink, watercolour, gesso, linen, 2020-

The series comes out of a long term interest in the visual language of the digital, internet vernacular, and thinking about how to envisage not only digitalisation but also organic and non-human networks in a more embodied, visceral, and Earth-bound manner. The Medusa Banners represent a conversation between imagery derived from an iterative process working with a variety of digital and algorithmic tools on the one hand, and a range of traditional needlework and textile techniques on the other. This juxtaposition between digital and analogue production methods speaks to the utterly 21st-century tensions between sensuality and efficiency; embodiment and automation; constant digital connectedness and corporeal dislocation; the technosphere and the biosphere.

Oceans are, in many ways, a neglected symbol and site of digitalisation; from the enormous network of submarine cables that form the backbone of the internet, to the acidification and warming of oceans that is a direct result of the enormous thirst for energy, mining, and global transportation systems that accompany our advancing technologies. Oceans are also the cradle of all organic life on earth; almost all living species today share an evolutionary history with jellyfish. In working with this subject matter, however, The Medusa Banners take an approach that rejects the ever-increasing accelerationism in which most discussions of technology today are steeped. The use of embroidery seeks to connect the discourse around technology with its feminist past, but also to actively decelerate the entire process of critique and consumption. The work is made in this consciously slow manner to facilitate a process of slow looking and slow reflection — an impulse that is diametrically opposed to the Silicon Valley maxim “move fast and break things”.



Exhibitions
Glimmer Shrine, Tang Contemporary, Hong Kong, curated by Charlotte Lin, 2022
Going Baroque - Das Neue Barock, LAProjects, curated by Jorg Ludwig, 2022-2023
Digital Combines, Honor Fraser Gallery, curated by Claudia Hart, 2022
Digital Combines, bitforms gallery, curated by Claudia Hart, 2022
Hope on the Edge, Yvonne Hohner Contemporary, curated by Anabel Roque Rodrieguez, 2022
Automatic Dreams, Galerie Wundersee, curated by Florian Kuhlmann, 2021-2022
Collections
Simchowitz Collection, Los Angeles
Private Collections, Berlin, Frankfurt
Acknowledgements
Selected photos courtesy of Tang Contemporary
Selected photos by Andreas Wundersee
Photos of installation at bitforms by Robert Herrick and Jenna Garrett
Studio assistance on selected works by Hannah Refaat