A R T I S T S T A T E M E N T
My work realizes my primal journey toward truth.
Fabric layers perform a literal evolution of the creative labor encompassing the hand and energy of the maker and the unseen dimension of idea. In my work, I attempt to expose ordinary truths throughout the whole and in the subtext of the spaces between. I hope to enlighten the viewers' participation through their own discoveries provoked by the metaphors.
With or without a sketch, I gather scraps intuitively. The pieces - hand-dyed cloth, things made during prior experiments, photographs, words, paint, threads - become meaningful as they find their places in the composition. I map the relationships among the pieces into a narrative that represents the nature of memory. It is often blurred, obscured, muted, stained with glimmers of color and clarity. The work becomes a window into important meanings - place, transformation, paradox - inherent in personal history and helps me navigate to new discoveries and support the continuum of my practice.
I am a dreamer. Otherwise, how would I be here?
I am an artist. The spin on everything, for me, turns toward invention and design. My job at the shop is no exception. I don't conform to popular quilting trends. My taste relies on instinctive connections to materials and marks. My curriculum is based on a distillation of global historical styles. My philosophy is built on the creative process as the primary reason for making anything: self-expression and joy.
I am a teacher. I aspire to share another way of seeing, and I want to share it clearly. I believe that hearing from many teachers allows us to gather the elements of our own practice and style as we add and subtract what works for us as individuals.