The ordinary materials that are part of our daily lives are latent with personal and cultural meaning. I choose to use common, familiar materials and household items as the elements of a language that can speak about human experience and knowledge.
Textiles are particularly potent.
From growing to processing to product, fiber and textiles are associated with a wild range of connotations, from menial labor and commonplace objects to romanticized feminine industry and luxury goods.
Textiles tell contradictory stories.
I use a variety of materials and textile practices – sewing, mending, weaving, spinning, dying – as a physical and visual way of confronting some of these contradictory stories and to examine my own feelings about fiber art, labor, productivity, and value.