Sampler (Starting Over). 1996. Hand embroidery on linen. 8.75 x 67.5 in. (22.2 x 171.4 cm)

Starting over at the beginning, always the same
Perfection of beginnings, eternal return
Creation, destruction, eternal repetition

—Ad Reinhardt                  


I wound my schemes on my distaff
I would weave that mighty web by day
But then by night, by torchlight
I undid what I had done

—Penelope, The Odyssey