Angela Moll

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I learned to sew about the time I learned to write. Today I keep on writing and sewing: I keep journals, compile field notes, and I make quilts. It often strikes me how very similar those activities are. How the sentences snake along the page in much the same way as a line of stitches through the fabric. In my current body of work I use screen printing as a means of bringing together my love for long hand writing and for the stitched line.

In the Secret Diary series I look inside, into the intimate space where journals are written, where quilts are stitched. The pages of my Secret Diaries are actual journal entries screen printed on fabric. The text records the flow of thoughts and the meandering of attention as I write on the screen with fabric dye. Each fabric page is a layering of different entries, the superimposition of a day onto the next one. I use the collaged and stitched diary fragments to speak about intimacy, communication, as well as privacy and isolation.

Each quilt is an open notebook, the oversized text extending an invitation to read. Yet the stitched diaries prove to be unreadable, revealing just the outline of a life story: rhythm and pattern, lines and layers. The pressure, intensity, and speed of the hand written line imply the texture of emotions. It is an open book but a Secret Diary.

 

Secret Diary 17
(C)2005
Angela Moll
57" h x 16" w

 
Secret Diary 21:
"To a different rhythm"

(C)2005
Angela Moll
36" h x 50" w
 
Secret Diary 20:
"Getting enough"

(C)2005
Angela Moll
37" h x 54" w
 
Secret Diary 19:
"More, faster, hurry up!"

(C)2005
Angela Moll
36" h x 48" w
 
Secret Diary 18:
"Up to speed"

(C)2005
Angela Moll
46" h x 56" w
 
Secret Diary 16:
"What are you waiting for?"

(C)2004
Angela Moll
37" h x 46" w
 
Secret Diary 3:

(C)2003
Angela Moll
38" h x 46" w
 
Secret Diary 8:

(C)2004
Angela Moll
36" h x 40" w
 
Secret Diary 9:

(C)2004
Angela Moll
33" h x 38" w
 
Secret Diary 11:

(C)2004
Angela Moll
41" h x 38" w
 

All images and text © 2005-2006 Angela Moll and Thorsten von Eicken. All Rights Reserved.