My work examines sociological and political issues through the deconstruction and manipulation of found images and language, exploring content without context, and the manner in which current and historical events are recounted. My most recent works focus on issues of gun violence, the Bill of Rights, and the world refugee crisis. Concepts and materials play an equal role in the creation of my work and I incorporate various techniques including the free-motion embroidery method, which uses a special sewing machine foot that allows the fabric to be moved in any direction. I enjoy working with labor-intensive processes, as the time spent on each piece becomes, in itself, an act of intimacy with the subject matter and the materials.
Margaret Jo Feldman is a San Francisco based conceptual fiber artist and educator. She attended The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she received her Bachelor Degree in Studio Art and a Post Baccalaureate in Education. Her formal art education prior to that was minimal at best and it was her parents that instilled a love of art with regular visits to museums and galleries, where she realized that she didn't just want to look at art but she wanted to make art.