V is Not for... does not depend on the obvious symbol for meaning. It focuses on changing the composition, color, and texture of the form. Esthetic decisions alone create the tension, an undertow pulling forward the form. I created the handwoven and hand-painted tapestry during an artist residency at Arts Letters & Numbers in upstate New York this spring. A fiber artist among a poet, painters, and a filmmaker, I was forced to live up to the claim that fiber is art, too. I had to let go of my fiber security blanket.


I worked intensively on a single tapestry, working on small components only one at a time. I didn’t look back at what I had done before. I opened the piece at the residency’s group show, seeing it for the first time with the gallery guests.

V is for Verisimilitude.