Hannah Knight Leighton
These paintings may catch people off guard because they’re not made with paint. They are created with a tufting gun, which is typically used to manufacture rugs. Working this way has led to formal issues and challenges. When tufting and working in yarn, I have only one chance to go over the fabric, which is not durable enough to endure multiple punctures. While painting, I would often go back into pockets and make big moves. Because this isn’t possible with tufting, these works have a heightened sense of urgency and immediacy. Creating this work gives me immense satisfaction. I hope it ignites joy in those who respond to it.