Empathy is Free

Summer 2018 I took two courses, one in needlework and fabrication and another in neon bending. I also participated in a workshop with Martina Flor in hand lettering. Utilizing the word ‘empathy’ within multiple materiality contexts was my summer experiment in discourse creation. Beginning with hand-drawn lettering, I created a digital version to then produce a pattern for embroidery. Subsequently, I was able to use that pattern for my final neon bending project that was only a minor success due to my skill level in glass bending. However, it was essential for me to continue this exploration into how materials affect the implication of language.


Lisa McKinley 2019 – Brooklyn, NY