My artistic practice revolves around a critical examination of sociological and political issues, achieved through the deconstruction and manipulation of found images and language. I delve into the exploration of content without context and scrutinize how current and historical events are narrated. In my recent works, I have focused on issues such as gun violence and the world refugee crisis. These themes serve as the foundation for my artistic expression, guiding the conceptual framework of each piece. I employ a variety of techniques, with a particular emphasis on the free-motion embroidery method, facilitated by a specialized sewing machine foot that allows for unrestricted fabric movement.Concepts and materials share equal importance in shaping my artistic vision. By incorporating labor-intensive processes, I establish a connection between the time invested in each piece and the intimacy with both the subject matter and the materials themselves. This intentional engagement becomes an intrinsic part of the narrative, contributing to the exploration of complex social and political issues.
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.