Scars, 2013
Ink and cotton thread embroidered on cotton fabrics, series of 30 pieces, dimensions variable

The series of works was created using a simple technique, which reflects an important general tension in Goldstein’s work between loss of control and domestication through artistic work. The shapes were created randomly by spilling and splashing ink on pieces of cotton fabric. These shapes were then meticulously embroidered over in precise rows of blue thread. After the work was complete, the ink continued to seep through the fabric and created new borders around the embroidered shapes. In some works, the embroidery hoop is left on the work as a direct connection to the working process.

The resulting images are a process-based merger of directed and arbitrary forms, with the careful embroidery implying that the shape is nonetheless a deliberate design and leading the eye to try and recognize it. Associations include countries, islands, amoebas or other natural forms, and defy any specific interpretation. The title alludes to a cut, as do the country-like shapes and the border-like hoops, which separate between areas or between the shape and its surrounding. Scars, like stains, mark a past injury; connecting the two, the work explores the process of healing on the one hand, but also the commemoration and design of wound area for the future, on the other.