Rebirth compiles a series of 23 embroideries that explore themes of metamorphosis, catharsis and healing through the use of symbolic ‘stain-imagery’. This iconography draws on Ancient Greek beliefs that evacuation of bodily fluids results in a healthy body and mind.
The repetitive process of embroidery mimics the psychological journey from trauma to healing. It becomes cathartic as a quiet, repetitive task that allows for emotional processing and healing.
The book format of Rebirth enhances the narrative effect of the series. Each embroidery acts independently as a ‘page’ while becoming part of a larger story and can influence how people view and interpret this story. The act of binding the book and bringing the embroideries together reflects on sewing as a metaphor for healing and suturing.