Assemblage | I am drawn to the forgotten, overlooked, and discarded—the detritus of everyday life. I can still remember the tiny bits of treasures I found in the back lots and parks of my childhood neighborhood and all of the dioramas I made at elementary school. Using a variety of wooden boxes and type trays, I make vessels—some with more than 80 tiny objects each—often filled with toy or handmade animals, vintage buttons and dice, petite guitars from Olvera Street, plastic pieces from inside old snow globes, bits of jewelry, and succulents from my garden.
Every object—from the mundane to the fantastical—holds meaning and memory, carrying with it the histories of the person or people who made it, wore it, wrote on it, played with it, or used it in one fashion or another. I love to purposefully blur the lines between "high" and "low" art and to try and capture the wonder of storytelling and curiosity about what it means to be human.
I am inspired by the work of artists ranging from Louise Nevelson, Joseph Cornell, and Betty Saar, to El Anatsui, Nick Cave, and Franco Mondini Ruiz.
Fiber Paintings | By exploring and pushing the boundaries of knitting, sewing, and weaving, I create pieces that address women's traditional craft in a modern context. For these "fiber paintings" I use recycled and/or discarded materials including wool, cotton, silk, and leather. Inspired by the subtle patterns of nature found in local tide pools and ocean shores as well as the dramatic aerial perspectives of satellite photography, these works seek to highlight the beauty and humanistic quality of fiber materials, connect with nature, and inspire quiet, focused meditation. I am drawn to the work of Claudy Jongstra, Sheila Hicks, and Ruth Asawa, among many others.
Photography | Working primarily in black and white, I am interested in personal narratives that document the ordinary as extraordinary, particularly among the elderly. In a region fixated on celebrity and idealized notions of beauty, my work purposefully explores the lives of everyday folks—mothers and grandmothers in particular—-and includes a series of portraits of senior neighbors outside their childhood homes, of mid-day senior dances held at Santa Monica's 1450 Ocean/Camera Obscura, and a range of ordinary, yet poignant moments with everyday folks from Dakar to Havana to Oaxaca.
Textiles | I've been working on a series of wall hangings and "wraps" made from remnants of vintage silk blouses, skirts, scarves, and Japanese kimonos. I love the feel of silk and combining a range of patterns and colors into a wearable work of art. Commissioned works and collaborations available. These can be found for sale at the Ten Women Gallery on Montana.