The Hanky Project

Hand Embroidery on Fabric

68” x 96” 2004-2010

The ongoing debate over gay marriage and the resulting fallout led to this ongoing project. The bandana code was used as a covert nonverbal way to communicate specific sexual desires and tastes of gay men in the early seventies. I hand embroidered on each bandana to reference needlepoint done by women for their hope chests. The banality of the material and the explicitness of the color meaning are intended to create a confrontational dynamic between object and content which is meant to highlight the evolution of the discourse surrounding gay issues.