Sometimes, as an artist, I have a daydream that I can’t shake; it gnaws at my mind’s eye. Color combinations, formations and specific shapes aligning to suggest a personified landscape; catching movements through static means. I draw the symbol or form over and over in sketchbooks until I begin the translation in fabric, the second skin that surrounds us. Sometimes, instead, the works intuitively grow from the meditative act of sewing; from samplers or patchworks that I intuitively begin and then amass into abstract gestures, undulating across the wall. The forms in my work are abstractions pulled from everyday observations, ranging from micro to macro moments in the natural, urban, domestic and personal worlds and shift and combine depending on my locational and emotional states.
How do your pieces come to life? Tell us one interesting thing about your creative process?
"I keep a very active sketchbook and often times my textile formations start as black line drawings, drawing out the structure and patterning of the piece and then I improvise color combinations as I incrementally construct the works."
What do you want people to do or feel when they encounter your creations?
"I want the viewer to feel enveloped in color while also wanting to touch the soft materiality of the sewn textile collages and installations."
What is your favorite material to work with?
"My favorite materials to work with are fabric and paper-I love the pliability and flexibility of both and using fabric I can pull from a spectrum of colors and also create my own colors by painting or dyeing fabrics."