Join us for an exhibition opening, open studio and embroidery circle for 2nd Floor Rear on Sunday, February 8th from 7pm-10pm
Nine lovingly crafted, embroidered hoops hang in the storefront windows of the Autotelic studio. In her installation, interdisciplinary artist Christina Doelling meditates on the indulgent habits of a teenager idolater, but with the repetitive, nurturing care of a skilled craftsman fully immersed in the object of her obsession. As to be expected of any loyal Prince fan, Doelling honors the impact of the Love Symbol’s on her own life by absorbing his musical magic and translating it into whimsical, musings on his likeness and the sparkle that he inspires.
Enter Doelling’s crafty shrine to Prince, where reflections of his purple world of sparkle, eyeliner and pop magic manifest in a series of humorous–but sincere nonetheless–portraits of one of this cult music phenomenon. This evening, Doelling and the Autotelic artists invite passersby to come inside and nestle up with a cup of cocoa in front of a fake fire, grab an afghan and a hoop, and embroider whatever their heart desires, to the sweet, sweet sounds of Prince."
Christina Doelling is a textile artist and art educator that residents in Logan Square, Chicago. She finds it therapeutic to stab fabric with a needle while listening to Prince. Most days she can be found talking to her cats while drinking coffee and embroidering or creating art with kids. She also enjoys long walks on the beach.