These work reflects on the significance of pausing - an action I found required for me during the quarantine.
Pause helped me to stop reacting and tune into collaboration. Pause helped me to listen and receive ever-changing, stressful information allowing me to calm my body and hold close, what is precious. Pause allowed me to learn embroidery and incorporate this beautiful practice handed down hundreds of years into my own work. It is a medium that feels connective to mindfulness and history. When I am sitting to observe my mind and enjoy this slow task, I am imagining I am building an armor in these stitches in woven prayers of color, and intention. I feel the creating of protection in this armor, and also a celebration. Quarantine has been a time to sit and do the internal work for me -- work toward anti-racism, work toward making imagery of liberation, and studying to reinterpret this art practice with my whole being. These art pieces helped me to honor the work of connection and mindfulness.
Scout Cuomo is based in Greenfield, MA
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