ARTIST STATEMENT

Inspired by the Bayeux Tapestries, Refugee Stories is a series of six embroidery panels that follow the recent journey of the Syrian refugees. The second largest mass migration in history is documented in various points along the refugees’ journey: beginning in Aleppo, living in camps, the journey by sea and land and culminating with a final panel representing their new home. Each point along their journey was affected by geography: by sea or land, pastoral farmland or war town desert. Using news stories, Google Earth, and numerical data from the UN, each panel pieces the journey into one polyphonic map.


IMAGE: Kathryn Clark, By Sea (The Aegean), 2016. Hand embroidery and watercolor on cotton and cotton organdy. 62" x 48".