Through language and geometric abstraction, Kaufman builds and undermines existing systems of shapes, words, and numbers that appear to be stable but are shifting. Her felt constructions were heavily influenced after meeting a master basket weaver who works in the tradition of Adirondack weaving. The weave is a natural fit for the felt, whose wool fiber is already agitated into an interlocking slab, allowing her to build and draw simultaneously. By stacking, weaving, looping, and embroidering the forms, Kaufman hopes to evoke the dark, geometric mass of the forest.
Her time-consumptive action of embroidery reflects family legacies. Embroidered samplers, traditionally lap work, engage questions of science happening in the furthest reaches of the universe. Using phrases taken from scientific reporting on the search for dark matter, She rearranges and anagrams the phrases in Microsoft Word, letting the program’s formatting dictate the composition’s final form. She embroiders these forms, using the threads as a means for redacting text and inviting altered imagery. Kaufman joins the craft tradition of her ancestors to understand questions of scale, labor, time, and making meaning.
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