Cemeteries are traditionally quiet and calm, a site of peaceful contemplation; however, they also stand as a monument to our increasing disassociation with death and mortality and the process of mourning.
Using textiles as a way of connecting to a personal narrative as told within the cemetery burial landscape, Louise Cornell is exploring the personal architecture that embodies life and decays in death as we do. Using free-motion machine stitching, embroidery, melted fabrics, buried fabrics, raw edges and layers of texture within her work, she presents a visual, tactile response to the hard marble and weathered granite gravestones. Cornell hopes to open up conversations around the cemetery burial landscape and how material and fabric is a fundamental part of our being and understanding of that personal narrative that connects us all. Producing work that has an unfinished quality to it conveys an alternative perspective in how textile art is often presented. Cornell uses fabric to push back on traditional conventions so that the visual language of the work can speak for itself.