Ayla Dmyterko

Veils of Forgetfulness

Veils of Forgetfulness

Embroidery thread, waste canvas, wooden dowel
160 x 85 cm
2020

Part of installation, Distance of Sea of Years exhibited at the Glue Factory, Glasgow (Scotland) as part of the Glasgow School of Art MFA Interim Show

Cross-stitched embroidery dissolves down a piece of waste canvas. The image is a close up.

Veils of Forgetfulness

The title for this transparent textile work is from Annette Kuhn’s book, Family Secrets. It is further one of the selected passages for the workshop she led through the CCA Glasgow articulating her methodology: Memory Work. In a late-capitalist gesture, embroidery sits on waste canvas usually removed; valuing process over product.The disintegrating cross-stitch patterns are derived from a book found in a market in Lviv, Ukraine while navigating alongside friend and mentor, Olya Kovalenko. This visit led to Our Ancestors Exist as a Reliquary of Whispers: Sites of Return, Reclamation and Interstice in Cultural Memory Studies published in KAJET Journal (Bucharest, Romania).