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Knitted Together, Part V: Jody

Knitted Together is a personal project that I began this year. This is Part V: Jody

Behind the scenes cell photo of Jody helping to prepare her knitted garment for her portrait for Knitted Together, Part V
Behind the scenes cell pic: Jody, helping to prepare the knitted garment for her portrait
Portrait of Jody for Knitted Together, Part V. She is standing, holding knitted needles that are attached to a red knitted blanket. The blanket is riddled with holes. A single strand of red yarn leaves the frame from the bottom center.

My work is about celebrating the magic of the human experience.  I am interested in the connections between the subject and viewer. Through my work, I ask the viewer for empathy toward the subject.  

Knitted Together is a collection of individual digital portrait photographs of people knitting or crocheting different red garments.  Each portrait is printed on canvas and framed. In each portrait, the red yarn goes out of the frame at the bottom, to be displayed as a 3-dimensional work with a single strand of yarn coming from the bottom of the piece, connecting visually to the strand in the photograph.  Each piece of yarn leads to a single large ball of yarn on the floor of the display.  

Four portraits from Knitted Together, on display in Maundy Mitchell's studio window

Some red garments are at their beginning or short, some will be near the end or long.  One wraps around a person’s neck.  One is held in front of her body and is riddled with holes. These portraits each give the viewer an insight to an important element of a person’s life, hinting at subjects from birthing to caregiving, to sexuality, health, or how they live their lives – muted or bright, perhaps guarded or on display.

A collage of images from Maundy Mitchell's Knitted Together project

This is a body of work that is meant to grow, with new portraits added periodically. This work is about individuals, humanity, and the idea that we are all connected. Our lives are different, we approach life differently, but exist on earth together.  

You can see more from Knitted Together HERE.