ARTIST STATEMENT: In my work I converge the old with new through weaving, embroidery, assemblage, and painting. My inspirations range from tribal art and textiles, to the Native American rugs to the Bauhaus – my goal is to create art that celebrates the primitive and transforms primal aspects of handmade craft into a contemporary aesthetic. In my attempt to resurrect the role of the weaver and create paintings inspired by that tradition, I reincarnate discarded objects such as old fabrics, twigs, scrap metal, and recycled house paints, and combine them with hand dyed yarns and traditional artist’s oils. There is no hierarchy of materials or aesthetic that guides me, other than a desire to create beauty from whatever imperfect materials are at hand.
My process is intuitive and begins with a formal idea, inspired by naturally occurring patterns such as a web of wrinkles, or the rustic patina of industrial buildings. The repetition of weaving row upon row allows me to follow an improvisational and experimental approach. Later, this rhythm repeats in my paintings as I follow a line until it fragments, altering geometry until balance is achieved through color, shape, and pattern.
I believe objects tell hidden stories. My works narrate a journey through time and space, from the human realm of logic to the nascent origins of creation in the spirit world. This process of creation allows me to find my bearing and realize meaning in a world which seems, at times, unmoored.