TWS Broadcast. S02E05: China Marks: Drawing with Machines
China Marks is a New York based artist who hacks machines to create drawings using fabric and thread. Under China’s hand, scraps of patterned fabric come to life, utterly transformed into characters and narratives that reflect the world in all its glory, horror and absurdity. The industrial sewing machine, China’s tool of choice, creates the stitched line which unifies fragments of found fabric into singular works of humor and poetry. China’s work is shown in galleries and museums in the United States and Europe, and at the Owen James Gallery in NYC. She has received numerous grants and awards, including fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts in 2005, 2011, and 2017, and grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation in 2013 and 2021. We visited China’s studio to talk with her about her own story, her work, influences and process.