Accumulation (2018 - 2022)

Modernity has brought an overload of tasks, and information. People who can perform more than one function at a time, or multitaskers, are valued and considered more productive.

As women, from an early age, we are exposed to the myth of being multitaskers. Women must be mothers, wives, professionals, daughters, and housewives, among many other roles that accumulate and repeat themselves in daily life. Women work in and out of the home, with double or triple work shifts, perform numerous roles and tasks, in a constant search for approval and recognition. We are always making and re-making to-do lists in a continuous overload of functions. We execute multiple tasks at the same time, which often leads us to act mechanically, without paying too much attention or effectively focusing on each activity.

When producing the pieces in the present work, I emphasized the repetition of gestures and the excess of elements as a way of expressing the accumulation and overload (including mechanical overload) of tasks in modernity. The reiteration of patterns and the small variation of color were also used to highlight the mechanization of tasks.

Accumulation is an invitation to reflect the excesses of modern life. Should we be always multitasking? Should we always be in a rush, checking our to-do lists?

Technical file: (1) Accumulation, composed of pieces of hand-embroidered 22cm x 22cm linen batiste fabric; (2) Overload, acrylic paintings on hand-embroidered watercolor paper, 32cm x 24cm each; (3) Sedimented Accumulation, acrylic on small scraps of linen approximately 3cm x 3cm superimposed on one another on a 60cm x 60cm canvas base; and (4) photographs.