Ascoli’s woven works are also autobiographical. “Weaving really grounds her. It’s a way for her to connect with herself,” Ruigrok explained. Ascoli learned from Mayan weavers; she uses a “backstrap” to create her artworks, tying the device around her, and thus turning her body into a tool itself. One of her resulting pieces, Those That Are Always Far (2019), resembles a dress with gloved hands protruding from the collar. Another, Where Movement Begins and Ends II (2019), flaps against a gallery wall like a row of skirts in the breeze, thanks to a hidden motor. Over the next year, Memphis University and Virginia Commonwealth University will feature Ascoli’s work in group shows at their campus art spaces.