The self-imposed boundaries of my practice are inspired by Frank Wilczek’s book “A Beautiful Question”.  These constraints honor nature’s love of harmony, balance and proportion and its production of a multitude of outcomes from very restrictive means.  

In reverence to the natural world, my forms repurpose my junk mail, much of which is printed with metallic inks and cannot be recycled.  I shred this mail, scrupulously rolling or sewing it together to create elaborate textural sculptures - interweaving a narrative about my beliefs, behaviors, values, goals.   

Junk mail represents the endlessness of our consumer culture, attempting to distract from personal codes of behavior.  It impacts tastes and values by trying to sell certain lifestyles through mass produced products and exerts pressure on priorities with its endless solicitations. 

Endlessness and constraint coexist in my work, reflecting our consumer culture where the choices are limitless and the simplicity of nature where choices are governed by basic building blocks.

 

Process:

I shred household mail then meditatively roll and sew tiny pieces of paper.  The memory of the handiwork and frugality of my grandmother’s crocheted rag rugs inspires the personal and intimate nature of my work. My grandmother’s practice incorporated our family’s old clothing into her rugs. 

The work examines my cultural habits and principles, repurposes quotidian materials, uses symmetry and economy of form and brings the unnoticed into view.