My artistic practice is a balance between fieldwork and studio work; without the former the latter holds no substance. When I am in the field I am a rag picker and costume ethnographer; when I am in the studio I am a textile artist. The union of these three identities create my practice and my art.
In regards to method and materials: I work with needle, thread & scissors; sourcing fabric from secondhand goods. The choice to work with simple tools allows me to connect with others regardless of cultural background or textile expertise. Additionally, these tools are synonymous with handwork. When there is an awareness of something made by hand, attention is drawn towards the making process. The process and its related journey, histories and rituals are a focal point to my work. Presenting my work as installation (sometimes performance based), allows for me to experiment with various expressions pertaining to process. The medium of needle & thread permits freedom to work intuitively in the moment without restrictions of predetermined designs, calculations, equipment or studio space.
The conceptual narratives behind my work focus on the connection between people, culture, clothing and identity. Throughout history, we share a human instinct to decorate and adorn ourselves with color, pattern and texture. Using textiles, we define our individual identity apart from one another, while simultaneously representing membership to a bigger cultural collective. Working within a contemporary context, my investigations engage these aspects of material identity that are rooted in tradition. Focusing on clothing and its relationship to cultural identity, my work challenges common perceptions by deconstructing and decontextualizing the visual language that outfits our species.