Wows and flutters

By GREG COOK  |  January 22, 2014

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LIFE'S CHOICES AND DIVERSIONS A detail from Stevens's 'Anxiety Series.'
Jodi Stevens also seems to be channeling something of today in The Anxiety Series. The New Bedford, Massachusetts, sculptor puts a wedge-shaped block atop a pedestal and wraps it in fabric embroidered with a picture of a woman curled up in a fetal position. Treads dangle from the block, as if they were connected to the woman’s thoughts. They continue down the side, holding up five small pillows. They’re embroidered with images of a cellphone, a stove with take-out food boxes, beer with a game controller, two sets of keys labeled “now” and “never,” and a couple facing away from each other in bed. They’re like charms depicting the chronic tensions, choices, and diversions of life. And the intimacy of Stevens’s handcraft helps bring out these feelings.

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