Mother Tongue, 2012

Silver-grey embroideries, hand-drawn, rhythmic and intricate – the drawings titled Bargello I-VIII are based on needlework from the Italian Renaissance, also known as Florentine Embroidery or Hungarian Point. The patterns are found in homes and churches throughout Europe, and throughout centuries, nuanced décor in countless variations. They read as notations, grid systems, as language. Passed down by women, from one generation to another ­– domestic ritual in quiet repeat.

Claudia Sarnthein, Mother Tongue, The Ruskin School of Art/Mezzanine, Oxford, 2012