My practice scrutinizes my priorities in our social justice, cultural and political institutions as well as my consumerist tendencies. My forms embody this personal information in much the same way that ecosystems provide homes and hiding places for various organisms.
The work repurposes my household mail [mostly junk], much of which is printed with metallic inks and cannot be recycled. I shred this mail [newsletters, catalogues, solicitations, financial statements and bills], scrupulously rolling or sewing it together to create elaborate textural sculptures - interweaving a narrative about my beliefs, behaviors, values, goals.
The self-imposed boundaries of my practice honor nature’s love of harmony, balance and proportion and its production of a multitude of outcomes from very restrictive means. Choices in how I participate in our limitless culture contrast the simplicity of nature, allowing endlessness and constraint to coexist in the forms I create.
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.