This piece is about my experience living between two countires and cultures. While I agree with the basic idea that "home is where the heart is," I do not feel any consolation, fading of homesickness, or reduction of lonliness because of it. If anything, it is a reminder that just as my home is stretched out and never all together in one place, so is my heart.
Two circular hoops hold separate embroidered cloths, united by interconnecting strings that hold them together from behind.
For the Stateside half, I used a combination of cross stitch and continental stitch, both traditional in embroidery of the United States, to depict my mother's large home in the suburbs of Washington, D.C.. The architecture is measured, symmetrical, and a bit sterile, echoed in the pristine garden and even gray road. The blue sky has slight variations in color, but overall, the image is void of movement.
To illustrate my mother-in-law's house in Temixco, Morelos, I used a typical style of Mexican embroidery. The architecture of the house is a collage of form following function in waves of available money, urgency, and ingenuity. I added flowers and a canary in the way that plants and animals occupy both Mexico's textiles and homes: in a harmonious jumble of color and life.

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