Doerte uses old, traditional weaving patterns in a contemporary vernacular. The familiarity and connection to historic patterns insure that each viewer will respond to the imagery in their own way. Her hope is that people will connect emotionally to the pieces and that their sometimes-forgotten belief in our common humanity will be re-kindled. “We have more in common than what separates us.”
A version of Checkpoint was temporarily installed along the Rio Grande in Texas against the border fence before being shown in its current form at Artpace. Each panel consists of colorful cotton densely handwoven with the recycled plastic wrappers of newspapers from around the country.