Since 2016 I have been developing a series of appliquéd, quilted and embroidered visual art pieces. This work queers craft with a theatrical, camp sense of humor. Fusing thrift store materials with imagery sourced from high / low culture, it mines the subconscious of domestic space accreted in a well-worn blanket or forgotten fabric remnant, to locate the sinister hiding inside the decorative. With collage strategies I’ve previously used in performances, a mass-produced craft kit or scrap of thrift store fabric leads each piece in a process of experimentation towards a surrealistic or exaggerated decorative object. These pieces explore pictorial surface/depth tension with layers of eye-dazzling prints, clownish color and hand/machine textures.

© Michael DiPietro // 2017