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Making Me Available to Me
October 6-October 26
Limei Lai fuses exhibition and workshop, inviting viewers in to channel their memories into embroidery
“My inner conversation started from an identity research, Chinese American history, then Chinese female immigrant history and story, eventually shifting the focus back to myself and finding out that we are all ME.”
In Making Me Available to Me, Limei Lai channels a wealth of research and interviews into a book showcasing embroidery illustrations, each paired with poems. Audience members will be encouraged to peruse Lai’s volume before moving on to a guide book that will lead them through an embroidery exercise. Encouraging a ‘complete conversation with themselves,’ Lai guides participants into a zone of memories and thoughtfulness, placing those thoughts into their own visual language that will find its way onto fabric.
“Life is a singular thing, yet there are many lives within. Between Chinese and American, between child and adult, between woman and girl, I regrow everyday, reborn after each heart broken, reform through the learning and thinking. In this program, I am extending my process to the audience, a regeneration within a SELF.”
There will be an opening reception for this exhibit Thursday, October 6, 5-8 pm
Saturdays are by appointment only. Please send your request to firstname.lastname@example.org
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