Artist Statement I create installations, assemblages and photographs that address the subtle and ephemeral nature of psychological states. Using various materials such as polyester tulle, thread, origami
paper, produce netting, fabric and recycled plastic, I strive through a creative process to
reconnect in myself what has been fragmented. Much of my work is constructed with extremely light weight, layered materials that are fragments that become a visual whole; the confusion of life becomes reclaimed as an inner harmony which I find and arrange in the materials themselves.
When I consider the physicality of the body, it brings up feelings of weight and pressure but yet a counter balance of elusiveness and lightness. My work is a constant process of assembling, deconstructing and then making whole once again. Through the actions of sewing or knotting, I build and construct and then by cutting and tearing, structures fall apart and then are reconstructed again. It is very much the way I feel about the process of life. It grows, becomes, falls apart sometimes because of our own actions, and then there is the attempt to repair. But
yet in the process of repairing, we become stronger than before.
The tension of this constant process of rebuilding reflects in the tightly wound, embroidered, sewn and enmeshed nature of my work; constantly drawing, sewing and constructing over and over to tell a story that really cannot be told. My projects are created within the context of contemporary life where we are faced daily with noise, friction, and conflict; my work offers an
alternative to that experience by focusing viewers in the present moment on the physicality of materials and the viewers’ own movement through the environment of materials.
While my work does involve sewing and some traditional craft-like materials, it approaches those materials in a different way that goes beyond the traditional boundaries of gender. I have no practical sewing skills but instead relate to my sewing machine as a drawing tool. The sewing line interconnects almost all aspects of my installations in one way or another and is my
way of creating a sense of wholeness in my work. I also use many materials that are recycled or normally in the realm of domestic activities such as produce netted bags; there is an honest and direct beauty in these materials and as an artist, I let those materials speak directly and present
themselves to the viewer as they are. The viewer then is allowed the freedom to respond on any level that feels comfortable.