Embroid, Embroil was originally a performance that took place on September 11, 2007 in Valencia, CA. The artist, dressed in an affectation of a first lady character, stitches the contemporary icon of torture and “othering” (an image of an Abu Ghraib prisoner being tortured) into the palm of her hand. The performance lasted one hour. At the end of the performance, the artist pressed her stitched hand into the palms of each audience member. The performance deals with how torture of prisoners of war has become normalized in the United States, and how the images of torture penetrates into the surface of everyday life, symbolized by the surface of our hands. In the piece, the artist transforms herself into a modern day Betsy Ross, or female politician, revealing the ways that women have suddenly shifted from onlookers of war and torture to perpetrators of violence. Ten years after 9/11 and four years after this performance was originally staged, the piece was reconfigured as a public window installation Embroid, Embroil; a stitch in time saves what?. Mann asks, how have these issues shifted or not?