Not only in our present but also our past and our future. Our consciousness creates an existential tapestry. Utilizing ethereal and cerebral aesthetics, my work seeks to be emblematic of our collective experiences and how they shape our realities.
I use themes of land, death, decay, change, and life to express ideas about community—our ever expanding, never-ending, community. My connection to nature and land is one that is rooted in my childhood. Moving every other summer, the brightest memories I have are those where my family travelled to national parks and across the country. Looking out the window at ever-changing scenery, my constant was landscape. There is nothing quite as humbling as standing on top of a mountain or knee-deep in a river. It is there that I feel my fragility as a human and begin to understand that I am simply one in an infinite mass of life, death, and change.
I seek to make work that delves deep into our collective understanding surrounding movement, change, and memory. Our memories and movements impact the way we maneuver in the world, the way we see, think and influence change. My work reflects subtle movements that recognize the power and grace of natural phenomena. There is incredible strength in the understated—in something that you need to investigate more closely, to contemplate further, in order to understand.
I utilize multiples when creating and I rely on craft media to make. Fiber work not only has a long history in my family but in all others—looking back far enough, we’ve all worn cloth, our ancestors have spun fibers, our collective history includes weaving, quilting, and stitching. When making multiples by hand, objects are similar but never exactly the same. The small irregularities lead to great work. Threads, tetrahedrons, triangles, and stitches represent our many links to each other but the work itself is meant to be viewed as a whole.
Finding connections between land and community requires reflection and the willingness to see the intricate connections surrounding us all. Much exists amidst what we readily see and feel. I work to identify and visually represent these spaces in between. I am fascinated by the hidden areas and dimensions beneath and above our understood world. These are the places we find our true selves. This is where we work together rather than constantly trying to move apart.