“Cinema Sanctuary Study 1: Marion E. Wong’s 1917 The Curse of Quon Gwon: When the Far East Mingles With the West,” 45 x 67 inches, 35mm black and white film, polyester thread, 2019.
       
     
(Detail) “Cinema Sanctuary Study 1: Marion E. Wong’s 1917 The Curse of Quon Gwon: When the Far East Mingles With the West,” 45 x 67 inches, 35mm black and white film, polyester thread, 2019.
       
     
“Cinema Sanctuary Study 3: Germaine Dulac’s 1927 The Seashell and the Clergyman,” 2019. 67 x 45 inches, 35mm black and white film, polyester thread.
       
     
“Cinema Sanctuary Study 2: Alice Guy-Blache’s 1897 Serpentine Dance By Mrs. Bob Walter,” 72 x 48 inches, 35mm black and white film, polyester thread, 2019.
       
     
(Detail) “Cinema Sanctuary Study 2: Alice Guy-Blache’s 1897 Serpentine Dance By Mrs. Bob Walter,” 72 x 48 inches, 35mm black and white film, polyester thread, 2019.
       
     
(Detail) “Cinema Sanctuary Study 2: Alice Guy-Blache’s 1897 Serpentine Dance By Mrs. Bob Walter,” 72 x 48 inches, 35mm black and white film, polyester thread, 2019.
       
     
"COLA 2019" exhibition, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, 2019
       
     
“Cinema Sanctuary Study 1: Marion E. Wong’s 1917 The Curse of Quon Gwon: When the Far East Mingles With the West,” 45 x 67 inches, 35mm black and white film, polyester thread, 2019.
       
     
“Cinema Sanctuary Study 1: Marion E. Wong’s 1917 The Curse of Quon Gwon: When the Far East Mingles With the West,” 45 x 67 inches, 35mm black and white film, polyester thread, 2019.

This series features films directed by female cinema pioneers whose work from the late 1800s - early 1900s is woefully under-recognized. I re-printed footage from their films, sourced from archives around the world, onto black and white 35 mm film stock, and then cut and sewed the footage into configurations based on quilt motifs.

By and large, the history of the film medium has been told from a Northern American and European, androcentric viewpoint. By reclaiming the work of early female filmmakers, I seek to strengthen other, more diverse histories. Fueled by the online resource "Women Film Pioneers Project" from Columbia University, this body of work amplifies the historical achievements of female cinema pioneers. As digital formats displace film, I draw from neglected film histories and from the craft of quilting salvaged remnants to create a feminist future for celluloid. By tying together my handwork with the film work made by the women of early cinema, I mend a rupture in film history.

Film footage courtesy of Academy Film Library and Kino Lorber, Inc. Special thanks to Gregory Yee Mark.

Photo: Ana Venegas. Courtesy of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery.

(Detail) “Cinema Sanctuary Study 1: Marion E. Wong’s 1917 The Curse of Quon Gwon: When the Far East Mingles With the West,” 45 x 67 inches, 35mm black and white film, polyester thread, 2019.
       
     
(Detail) “Cinema Sanctuary Study 1: Marion E. Wong’s 1917 The Curse of Quon Gwon: When the Far East Mingles With the West,” 45 x 67 inches, 35mm black and white film, polyester thread, 2019.

Film footage courtesy of Academy Film Library and Kino Lorber, Inc. Special thanks to Gregory Yee Mark.

“Cinema Sanctuary Study 3: Germaine Dulac’s 1927 The Seashell and the Clergyman,” 2019. 67 x 45 inches, 35mm black and white film, polyester thread.
       
     
“Cinema Sanctuary Study 3: Germaine Dulac’s 1927 The Seashell and the Clergyman,” 2019. 67 x 45 inches, 35mm black and white film, polyester thread.

Film footage courtesy of EYE Filmmuseum, the Netherlands.

Photo: Ana Venegas. Courtesy of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery.

“Cinema Sanctuary Study 2: Alice Guy-Blache’s 1897 Serpentine Dance By Mrs. Bob Walter,” 72 x 48 inches, 35mm black and white film, polyester thread, 2019.
       
     
“Cinema Sanctuary Study 2: Alice Guy-Blache’s 1897 Serpentine Dance By Mrs. Bob Walter,” 72 x 48 inches, 35mm black and white film, polyester thread, 2019.

Film footage courtesy of Gaumont Pathé Archives.

(Detail) “Cinema Sanctuary Study 2: Alice Guy-Blache’s 1897 Serpentine Dance By Mrs. Bob Walter,” 72 x 48 inches, 35mm black and white film, polyester thread, 2019.
       
     
(Detail) “Cinema Sanctuary Study 2: Alice Guy-Blache’s 1897 Serpentine Dance By Mrs. Bob Walter,” 72 x 48 inches, 35mm black and white film, polyester thread, 2019.

Film footage courtesy of Gaumont Pathé Archives.

(Detail) “Cinema Sanctuary Study 2: Alice Guy-Blache’s 1897 Serpentine Dance By Mrs. Bob Walter,” 72 x 48 inches, 35mm black and white film, polyester thread, 2019.
       
     
(Detail) “Cinema Sanctuary Study 2: Alice Guy-Blache’s 1897 Serpentine Dance By Mrs. Bob Walter,” 72 x 48 inches, 35mm black and white film, polyester thread, 2019.

Film footage courtesy of Gaumont Pathé Archives.

Photo: Ana Venegas. Courtesy of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery.

"COLA 2019" exhibition, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, 2019
       
     
"COLA 2019" exhibition, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, 2019

Photo: Brian Moss.