I primarily make soft sculptures and embroidered drawings that explore nostalgia found in our everyday lives. I enjoy the specific tactility and tenderness that this media conveys and feel the labor-intensive process of its manipulation provides a wonderful tension between precious and pathetic. For a long time I have made representational work and but, for the past two years, have used knowledge about the materials I gained in the process of making that work to begin a new series of abstract, but somewhat figural, pieces.
While at Headlands
While at the Headlands, I will be continuing a new series of hand-sewn cloth sculptures and investigating the incorporation of new materials into this work. Textiles and thread have always been the main materials in my studio practice and for the past year I have been making sculpture that is inspired by the materials themselves; the resulting pieces are doll-like abstractions which I hope to imbue with a particular sense of the human spirit. This process provides an endless vocabulary of shapes, textures, colors and gestures and as I mine for new forms, I am interested in the new materials, scale shifts and ideas that arrive. I look forward to spending the next studio year pushing to incorporate those developments.