Heather Doyle-Maier – Rational-Irrational


© 2014

edition of 1

dimensions in inches: 9.25 x 13 x 3.75


about this piece

About this piece:

Rational-Irrational employs layers of stitchwork “text” on disposable paper packing pillows to comment upon cultural perceptions of so-called “feminine nature.” On the front of each page, the graph of rational mathematical functions are sewn; on the back, the underside of those stitches and additional stitching is apparent. The sewing techniques include carefully measured stitches (of the graph and parabolic curves), blind sewing (the back side of the graphs, intentionally hidden while stitching the front), and gestural lines with thread (on the backside only, connecting points in unplanned, viscerally-attuned practice). The relationships of these stitched marks explore seemingly opposing qualities – control and abandon, linearity and expressiveness, precision and randomness – and question an implicit preference for order. Rational-Irrational intentionally incorporates mistakes and irregularities as marks of value, indicators of the variable and imperfect humanity creating them.


paper, book board, thread

About the artist:

A Colorado native, Heather Doyle-Maier holds a BFA from Metropolitan State College of Denver in Visual Art and BA from Loretto Heights College/Regis College in Theatre Education. Heather brings her experience as a storyteller-musician, a costume designer, a bookkeeper and a mother all to bear in her work. Heather’s award-winning work has been exhibited locally, regionally and nationally, and she teaches bookmaking and writing workshops in schools along the Front Range.

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Heather Doyle-Maier – Rational-Irrational