http://www.365daysofprint.com residency 2011. "During her month-long August “virtual” residency, Tichenor read the New York Daily News story of an 11-year-old missing New Hampshire girl who was found dead. She came across the article by following the work of her Montclair neighbor, Corky Siemaszko, who writes for the News. To convey the horrific tragedy, she used a piece of pink gingham, and sewed the face of a teddy bear into the center of a jagged black thread flower (pictured above).
Tichenor says the process behind this artistic interpretation was one of creating a metaphor. The symbolism of the abandoned teddy bear spoke to the her.
“As a mom, I don’t like to think about the bad in the world,” says Tichenor. “I didn’t want to depict anything about what the family or community might be feeling about the death of this little girl. I couldn’t bring myself to imagine what had happened to her, so I focused on the toys that were left behind.”