Ashlee Marcus is a Canadian Artist residing in Bouctouche, New Brunswick. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Special Honours Degree from the Department of Theatre at York University and is a member of the Embroiderers’ Association of Canada. She currently focuses her artistic practice on original needlework.
Mr. Ford is hand-embroidered portrait depicting notorious Toronto political figure Rob Ford.
A creation of the internet and ever-present media, this piece is an interpretation of the constructed image of this now world-(in)famous personality. The camera looms in the frame, just as much a part of the story, poised to reveal the outcome as it unfolds on our tiny screens. We all sit in anticipation of events that seem to happen in a flash of short clips, back-lit and sharp, with hardly enough time to process them before another pops up. Juxtaposing these digital images with a piece that is soft, textured, and hand-crafted adds an entirely new facet to the story. The embroidery invites the viewer to look a little closer and contemplate what they see. Who is Mr. Ford- the hero, the victim or the villain? Will he triumph or fall again? Stay tuned….
Co-Curated by Helena Frei & Chris Mitchell Hard Twist 9 Fibre Optics – Textiles in the Digital Age plugs into the juncture where textile connects with computer technology and exposes how the digital touches cloth. On view August 28 to December 28, 2014 on the 3rd and 4th floors of the Hotel.