PRICK & STITCH

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Prick and Stitch is a collaborative project devised by artists Denise de Cordova and Kate Davis. The project developed out of on-going conversations exploring notions of pricking and stitching as common processes present in their respective works.

To Prick –

Is to pierce - to puncture - perforate - rupture... If you like, you can use a knife, a fork, a stick, a pin - the beauty of this game lays within your freedom.

 

To Prick –

To deturpate, erase - damage a surface. Pricking is to create an incision or, in another prospective, is to leave a mark.

 

To prick is to assert space where before there was none - by stumping your foot on the ground, and saying: “Here is the dimension in which I exist”.

 

Pricking comes from nothing, or in better words, it comes from establishing that a something is needed.

 

Such an action comes from there being no space at all - a white smooth piece of continuous paper ruptures into a new dimensionality.

 

Is more than ‘making a hole’ - is about creating space - where before there was none. Is about embodying resolution - initiating creative action - by breaking a uniform surface. Pricking is political.

 

Pricking is when space comes to be erected - vertically - by the action of the pin coming down to pierce - like a guillotine. Implacable, but softly piercing the surface at its meeting point of resistance.

 

To Stitch -

Is to make mend - join - linking by bringing two surfaces together... If you like, you can use a needle, a stick, thread - the beauty of this game lays within your freedom.

 

To Stitch -

To bring together - to make ends meet.

 

Repair - knitting or crocheting or embroidery. A Seam or a surface?

 

Stitching is to allow the emergence of a surface, where before there was an empty space surrounded by disembodied fragments. Is to make body.

 

Creating body - where before was just a flood of thread. To create connection - and to join the seems - is in the space of intimacy and in the desire to create linked multitudes.

 

Stitching is the establishment of a connection, the creation of a new space, but this time is a space which brings together. Stitching is political too.

 

Stitching is when space lays down - horizontally - stretching over and in between the seams and loops of thread. Space is the result of the gathering of all scattered fragments, mended together, patiently folding, morphing into body.

Text by Maria Antonia Positano de Vincentiis

Members of the Alliance

Meet the Alliance

Denise de Cordova, Kate Davis, Emma Kelly, Paloma Proudfoot, Jakob Rowlinson, Celia Pym, Nicola Tassie, Taylor Davies-King, Ruofan Chen, Divya Sharma, Camilla Bliss, Millie Laing-Tate, Snyder Moreno Martín, RedBlack Lawrence, Yue Zheng, Albeiro Rojas Tomedes, Hannah Dinsdale with Simon Roth,  Inês Coelho da Silva, Jenna Fox Sophie Giller, Abi Braley, Jasper Garvida,   Ben Williams, Lydia Brockless, Woonhae Yea, Ruocong Ma, Yuan Zhuang, Margo Trushina, Sojung Park, Clare Hope Holdstock, Sarra Badel, Nicholas McArthur, Abigail Norris, Ramona Woodruff, Kimberley Atoyne Cookey-Gam, Maria Antonia Positano de Vincentiis

Members introduce themselves and discuss why they joined the project.