Donna Rhae Marder

Intricately stitched works of memory and meaning, Donna Rhae Marder's works are a breathtaking exploration of sensitivity and hand work.

Artist Statement

The Dress Series

In 2001 I began working on a series of little girls" dresses. These works are material manifestations of lost girlhood. They are physical expressions of small disappointments, like unfulfilled parental fantasies, and large tragedies, like lost and missing children. The poetic foundation for this work is poignant but not hopeless. Despite heartache and loss, we can recall the bright hope and promise of every child and retire our fantasies. Finally, I named the pieces for specific girls, though I could have probably named them all for my own little self.
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