“I wanted to take something intimate and domestic—something that was always inside—and make it public, to integrate the flavor of homemade handiwork into the ‘built’ environment,” she said. “Doilies can be made from a variety of materials—aluminum, plastic, vinyl, fabric, mosaic, glass or steel. Doilies hang, divide, adorn, and shelter. They can reference architecture and nature.”
The St. George installation builds on her series of doily-themed installations at Rockland Center for the Arts, Pratt Institute’s Sculpture Garden,and Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City, which featured a 20-foot diameter doily created from 36 pieces of ripstop nylon sewn together and painted with gel to recreate the texture of a handmade doily. A doily design also was selected in a blind competition for DOT’s Concrete Barrier design competition.