Chasing the intangible – is the best way to describe my art practice. As a dialogue between myself and the world, it is a search for the existence of sacredness. As an artist, I work from a place of questioning and instinct, engaging in the process of making as an informal spiritual quest. I work without preconceived outcomes, placing my trust in the unknown. In this way, I participate in a form of learning which exists outside of a verbal language or an intellectual realm. My work is thus a reflection of this process. In the end, I consider my work to be my teacher and hope that it engages others as it does me, in a dialogue towards a deeper understanding of the world.
As an interdisciplinary textile artist, I work with needle, thread & scissors. 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. Additionally, these tools and their associated techniques are part of a universal language, permitting the slowing down of time to a natural rhythm, that of breath and heartbeat. The medium of needle & thread allows freedom to work intuitively and in the moment without restrictions of predetermined designs or calculations, and without the need for equipment or commitment to studio space.
All of the fabric I work with is sourced from secondhand goods. My upbringing and adult life have always been interconnected to the world of used clothing. Through the use of salvaged material, my work directly connects to a contemporary material identity addressing the unsustainable and insatiable appetite of industry and consumerism.
The conceptual narratives behind my work focus on the connection between people, culture, clothing and identity. Today and 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 larger 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 identity, my work challenges common perceptions by deconstructing and de-contextualizing the visual language that outfits our species.