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Rebecca Ringquist - Red Sky at Night

           

                 

                 

                 

           


Ringquist's work tells love stories and creates veiled, fractured narratives full of double entendre. She is inspired of late by the fictional relocation story of the Swiss Family Robinson as well as her own cross-country move to Brooklyn. She alternates between hand embroidery and machine stitching, and the harsh difference between the rates of speed with which she works conveys a complicated message. Although the machine stitching is in itself very labor intensive, it also carries with it a sense of violence and aggression, reflecting the tangled messy nature of relationships. On a large wall piece, the thick orange flames, which lick up at the bed suggestively, are quite different from the sweet daisy imagery that lies beneath. Ringquist's work is at times careful, contrasted with moments of fast machine-stitched frenzy, expressing implicit and explicit intensities, and alternating between innocence and recklessness.