PhD Candidate Madison Treece published “The Plush that Pricks: Melancholia and Kinship in Space in Between” in Thresholds Journal 48 (2020), an MIT Press publication. The article examines Space in Between, a social-practice art project conceptualized and facilitated by Mexican-American artist Margarita Cabrera that accounts for various migration narratives as well as the emotional effects of border crossing. The article shows how the soft fabric cacti sculptures the women participants make from recycled border patrol uniforms, and embroider with their personal migration narratives, manifest feelings of racial melancholia while providing a space for kinship and healing. This is accomplished, in part, by working with the non-human desert landscape in order to recuperate the memory and history of migrants who are lost and succumb to the deadly force of the Sonoran Desert.
August 4, 2020