Commissioned for Danica Maier, Grafting Propriety: From Stitch to the Drawn Line
, Black Dog Press, 2016.
This essay contextualizes positions work by UK-based, American artist Danica Maier within the gendered and domestic histories of sewing by women in the West. Following on from the germinal text The Subversive Stitch
by Roszika Parker and writings on the subject by Jennifer Harris and feminist scholars, this text locates Maier's recent drawing works within a larger historical trajectory of subversive sewing. Maier's sexually explicit works mobilize pattern, decoration, and mark making to upend traditional expectations of domestic roles for women, instead proposing the domestic as a site for sexual pleasure and subjectivity.http://www.amazon.com/Grafting-Propriety