As an artist I find that I am drawn first and foremost to materials. Both in their original forms as well as the manipulations that they can undergo to achieve another form. By taking items that have a tactile familiarity and presenting them in familiar, yet unexpected ways, they create new dynamic configurations. The hard and the soft, the pliable and the rigid… when put through a process, can find a balance and a generate a unique dialogue that allows for these materials to transform.
In these pieces I find new worlds and landscapes of texture and volume. The process of altering a surface through embroidery and the shaping of textiles, evokes an expansive history as well as builds new meaning. I enjoy the different emotional and physical responses that certain materials can elicit, drawing on personal memory and experiences individual to the viewer. The challenges and opportunities that the use of these "new" materials can provide allows for self-growth and exploration into processes heretofore unexplored, both for the creator as well as the audience.