Inspired by the historical storyboard of the Bayeux Tapestry, Refugee Stories is a series of embroidery panels and works on paper that follow the journey of the Syrian refugees into Europe. The monumental scale of the crisis, the second largest mass migration in history, is documented in various points along the refugees’ journey out of Syria and into Western Europe. Each point along their journey was affected by geography: whether by sea or land, pastoral farmland or war-torn desert. Using international news stories, Google Earth, and numerical data from the United Nations, each panel pieces together the journey in one schematic map.
Clark works in the traditional textile mediums of embroidery and quilting to document global societal issues ranging from the U.S. foreclosure crisis to international border controls. Clark was born and raised in the Deep South before moving to San Francisco in the 1990s. Her passion for the social benefits of urban planning led her to work for Peter Calthorpe, a visionary in the field of urban planning. She left the planning field in 2004 and shifted her passion of geography and mapping into her artwork. Her work has been widely exhibited across the U.S. and has been featured in several publications, including Quilts and Human Rights 2016, and Craft for the Modern World: The Renwick Gallery Collection 2015, as well as American Craft Magazine, Planning Magazine, Uppercase, and New American Paintings. Her work is in permanent collections at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the International Quilt Study Center & Museum, and the ACLU.
Sunday, November 4, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Please join us for the opening reception of Kathryn Clark’s Refugee Stories, on Sunday, November 4, from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.