No Dogs Allowed is a site-inspired work for NADA House 2021. Beginning with the histories of Governors Island, I followed the materials, woven structure, and final installation in this piece through Dutch windmills; revolutionary coverlet patterns from Atwater’s Shuttle-craft Courses in Weaving (1922); signage from downtown doorways and landing pages; the colors, flows, and ferries of the New York Harbor waterways; Delaware Tribe of Indians (Lenape) bead and fringe work; and the fans in the Brooklyn-Battery tunnel ventilation building on the island.
Rather than cutting this history in half, the semi-circle composition reflects the motion of weaving. At each border of the warp and weft, the yarn turns 180 degrees to head back the other way. Its path is revolving, reversing, traversing, trans-versing. What materials get stuck between these borders? What gets left out? What is permitted entry? What is slipping through? What gets rejected, pushed out, cut off? And what is embraced by the materials and structure around it?