Work by Melinda Steffy
In Myth/Memory, memory, mythology & alchemy intertwine with the simplicity of a nine-patch sewing sampler and the belief that materials retain meaning from previous uses. Using symbolic materials such as the spice turmeric, tarnished copper and burnt paper, Melinda Steffy constructs rhythmic visual compositions that draw on additional themes of numerology, entropy, sustainability, domestic life and improvisation.
Painstaking processes of stitching, pinning, cutting and tearing result in loosely constructed grids, left rough and unfinished, with subtle variations and frequent repetitions. The pieces are deliberately fragmentary, brief, to give the feeling of a nearly forgotten story or a fleeting line of music.