Field Edgings is an ongoing series of photographic constructions started in Steuben, Wisconsin in 2011. All of the works involve photographs of the landscape, taken at the edges of the day, combined with sewing thread and sewing “findings” such as clasps, snaps, and pins. These small-scale constructions pursue ideas about boundaries and edges in the landscape and create relationships to the edges found in textiles, clothing, and garments, creating a scale shift that relates the edges of the body to the edges we make and perceive in the land.
Olivia Valentine received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. She is an Assistant Professor of Art and Visual Culture at Iowa State University. is an interdisciplinary visual artist working primarily in textile construction, drawing, and photography, and in collaboration with composers, architects, and designers. Recent exhibitions include Museum of Arts and Design (New York), the Danish Royal Academy (Copenhagen), and The American Academy in Rome (Italy).