The works I pray thee / Ask no questions (1) and (2) show black-and-white bodies embroidered on canvas using a traditional-looking cross-stitch. The figures, both in sleeping position, look transparent and seem to be hovering in an empty space that is marked by a seam at several points.
Loose threads created during the technical embroidery process suggest the spinning of a cocoon, knots, perhaps bondage. A patch of dark stitches has been stitched over as if erased and resembles a shadow on an invisible floor. The mood is serene but it is difficult to guess what is going on in the women's minds.
The title of the works, I pray thee / Ask no questions, is taken from the motto of the novel Call it Sleep by Henry Roth. A dummy of this book was used as a sketchbook during the making of the pictures.
Hinke Schreuders (born 1969) has been making small paintings or drawings on canvas with needle and thread since 2002. She draws on both borrowed images and personal photographic material for these embroideries in which she explores the field of tension between feminine role models, sexuality and pornography. In parallel to this, the work is about vulnerability and identity confusion in general.