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Gray Area/Maximum Ebb at San Francisco Bay Entrance
2004, hand-stitched, hand-dyed cotton, 60" x 80" x 17"

The three Gray Area pieces have stitch patterns that use properties of water to illustrate the complex nuances existing between the poles of black and white thinking exemplified in the diptych Black and White.

As part of this Gray Area triptych, Gray Area/ Maximum Ebb at San Francisco Bay Entrance uses the exiting tidal patterns of the San Francisco Bay as the basis for its stitch pattern. The arrows of the ebbing tide were then rotated out into space using AutoCAD as a drawing program. As the arrows cascade away, the stitching thread fades from black through the gray scale into white.


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