Just finished this piece, tentatively titled “1 of 6”. It is the first of six embroideries using a series of silkscreen dyed linen as background. Each silkscreen image shifts subtly in composition, pattern and color density as the run progresses; the embroidery engages with that process as well as it's own process of metamorphosis to create variations on a theme of transitory shifts.
Hand embroidery –thread and glass beads and dye on linen, 21” x 21”
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has been using hand embroidery and hand stitched beadwork combined with acrylic paint as a medium for Art making for twenty some years. The act of hand stitching thread and beads is a slow and repetitive process that affords the space for uninterrupted thought. The act of painting is spontaneous, in the moment, physical movement. Combining these two opposite states gives form to endless exploration in to the mystery of being. I work intuitively, mining personal experiences, energy, movement, nature and the occasional external interruptions of politics. I use this medium of minutiae as a practice for connecting with the vastness.
2007 "Advance & Retreat", Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE. Review, News Journal of Delaware, July 3. 2005 “Transition” Solo Exhibition, Snyderman-Works Gallery, Philadelphia PA. Review. Philadelphia Inquirer, February 11. 2002 "Delicious Garden" Maryland Art Place, Baltimore MD. Review Baltimore City Paper, June 26. 2000 "Arranging Space" Montpelier Cultural Arts Center, Laurel MD. Review Surface Design Journal, Winter 2001 issue. 1998 "Winter Cycle" Rockville Arts Place, Rockville MD. Review The Gaithersburg. Gazette, January 28 1994 "XXO" Carroll County Arts Council, Westminster MD. Review Carroll County Times, November 5. 1993 "Threads and Beads" Mary Condon Hodgson Art Gallery, Frederick Community College, Frederick MD. Review The New Paper, April 21.
Select Group Exhibitions
"Threads: Contemporary Embroidery", Dowd Gallery, SUNY Cortland, NY
"7th International Fiber Biennial" Snyderman-Works Gallery, Philadelphia PA
"SOFA New York" Snyderman -Works Gallery
"Philadelphia Meets Baltimore: Concepts and Preceptions" Center for the Arts Gallery, Towson University.
"SOFA Chicago" Snyderman-Works Gallery
"SOFA New York", Snyderman-Works Gallery
"6th International Fiber Biennial" Snyderman-Works Gallery, Philadelphia PA.
“Pricked: Extreme Embroidery” Museum of Arts & Design, NY, NY. "SOFA Chicago" Snyderman-Works Gallery, www.sofaexpo.com “Landscape & Nature: A View from Maryland” Maryland- Kanagawa Anniversary Exhibition Maryland Sister States Program. “Art in Embassies Program of the U.S. Department of State”, American Embassy in bujumbura, Burundi 2006 "MAP @25" Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD. “International Fiber Biennial” Snyderman-Works Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Curated by Philip Barlow: Karin Birch, Kebedech Tekleab, Elizabeth L. Morissete, Addison/Ripley Fine Art, washington DC 2005 “Seeds: works by Karin Birch and Gail Gorlitzz” McLean Project for the Arts, McLean VA. Review, Washington Post, December 16. “Fiber- A New World View’ National Gallery of the Craft Council of Ireland, Kilkenny Ireland. “State of the Arts” Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA. Reviewed, Washington Post, January 21. “The Evocative Surface”, 4 person show, Glenview Mansion, Rockville MD. ”SOFA NYC” and “SOFA Chicago”, Snyderman-Works Gallery 2004 “Explorations”, Maryland State Arts Council Gallery, Baltimore MD. “100 Doves” Invitational, Washington County Arts Council, Hagerstown MD. ”SOFA Chicago” and “SOFA NYC”, Snyderman-Works Gallery. “Art in Embassies Program of the U.S. Department of State”, American Embassy in Sri Lanka. “Fiber Biennial”, Snyderman-Works Gallery, Philadelphia PA. 2003 ”SOFA Chicago” and “SOFA NYC”, Snyderman. ”Couplets” poet/ artist collaboration, SDA Conference, Kansas City, MO. Review, Kansas City Pitch. “Maryland Women in the Arts”, 3-person exhibition/ lecture, Hood College, Frederick, MD. “Art in Embassies Program of the U.S. Department of State”, American Embassy in Ghana. 2002 “SOFA Chicago” and “SOFA NYC”, Snyderman-Works Gallery. "Stitched Paintings: Embroidery in the 21st Century” DCCA, Wilmington, DE. Reviewed, Philadelphia Inquirer January 31 & Surface Design Journal, Fall 2003. “Art in Embassies Program of the U.S. Department of State”, American Embassy in Brunei. "The Audacious Bead" The Bead Museum, Washington DC. "Survey 2002" Snyderman-Works Gallery, Philadelphia PA. Catalog. Reviewed, Surface Design Journal, Winter. 2001 “SOFA Chicago” Snyderman-Works Gallery. "Fiber Reflections" Holtzman Gallery, Towson University, Towson MD. "All Media Juried Exhibition" Arlington Art Center, Arlington VA 2000 "Uncommon Threads" invitational, Harmony Hall Regional Center, Fort Washington MD, Catalog. Reviewed, Washington Post, Oct. 26. "Beadwork International" The Dairy Barn, Athens OH, traveling, catalog. "Beadwork in America" invitational, Haydon Gallery, Lincoln NA, traveling, catalog. Reviewed, Lincoln Journal Star & World- Herald, Feb. "Craft National 34" Zollar Gallery, State College PA. "All Media Juried Show 2000" Arlington Arts Center, Arlington VA. Reviewed Washington Post, Feb. 4.