I observe and examine the nature of relationships, gender roles, and social positions. Using text, repetition, and the cultural symbolism of clothing, I reveal the struggles between the internal and external self, exposing the distinctions, expectations, conflicts, and joys that exist for individuals and between the sexes. As a child, I was surrounded by untraditional art and craft materials in my parents’ window display store. Sequins, glitter, antiques, display cases, mannequins, and a host of sparkly wonders triggered my imagination, and played an important role in my artistic interpretation, the content of the work, and the development of my own personal language.
I spend considerable time collecting materials that bridge the gap between art and craft. Nothing is exempt as an art-making tool. I am drawn to anything fabric-like, most often deconstructing vintage textiles and printed papers. Magazines, comic books, cookbooks, romance novels, music sheets and atlases, to name a few, are transformed into entirely different forms by cutting, folding, sewing, and gluing. My metal series also blurs the lines, and I knit and crochet granny squares and bolts of “fabric” from a variety of metal wires, creating my own patterns that I bend, sew, and manipulate into sculpture. Each piece, paper and metal, is then embellished with embroidery, trim, buttons, costume jewelry, and glitter. Often, I use found objects or vintage furnishings along with crochet and embellishment, and these are often completed with paint, or silver, gold, and copper leaf.
These beautifully adorned images are intended to attract, enticing the viewer to look closer and examine all elements of the work. The depth of thought and process, and the combination of material, technique, and text, is used to create work that is emotional, psychological, and historical, with many complicated layers and multiple meanings. As all art is a form of communication, the language I use is a tool for social commentary and awareness. With carefully chosen text as the finishing element, the work takes on its own identity, alternately tender, ironic, humorous, pointed and powerful. In this final connection with the viewer lies the challenge; to recognize and redefine notions of identity and personal choices.