“Back in Therapy (Increased Surface Area) depicts the various emotional forces experienced during the pandemic, surges and waves going in all directions, some that buried and others that lifted up. This piece explores the effort and energy it takes to fight for oneself, to care for oneself, and the slow build-up it sometimes takes to realize a further step is needed.
The practice of quilting embodies the concept of slow living. There is no way to rush threading a needle, or taking a stitch by hand, or carefully maneuvering cloth under the machine. The act itself slows one down.”
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Laura Hartrich is an artist working mostly in fiber, particularly quilts. Her work centers around themes of reflection, acceptance, time, and memory. Laura lives in Oak Park with her family, and is currently in grad school studying occupational therapy.