In this project, the title came first. Many families have topics that cannot be spoken about, or that will not be listened to. Continuing with my preoccupation with listening and hearing, I thought of those moments of "radio silence," when there is nothing to say, or when no one is listening. After asking the amateur radio operator of the house for a diagram of a radio and how to make it silent, he pointed to an arrow and where to adjust the radio so the volume is all the way down. No sound.
To organize the background, I found a television test pattern online, symbolizing no program signal, and modeled the piecing on it, taking artistic license. Underneath the diagram is a sine wave, embroidered in gray, that also ends at zero, nothing left. Silence.