“In many recent sewn works, a specific memory underlies each piece, and partially determines its particular character and color. These are memories of things that I have observed and then held in my mind’s eye, sometimes for decades: they are the subtext of the work. Attempting to conjure a mental image into a physical object is an elusive process due to the fugitive, constantly shifting nature of memory.
“Memories are only points of departure. It is the physical process of making the work that takes over, and has a life of its own. A work in progress could evolve for months, (even years); expanding, contracting, even recombining with cast off parts of itself. My objective is to stay in the moment, mindful of accident and chance,responding to what unfolds. The actual working with materials, and how that results in particulars of form and configuration, is what ultimately determines each piece.”
–from a statement by Elisa D’Arrigo