I’m captivated by antique textile designs, and I enjoy the rich historical backdrop these antique patterns allow me in my work, both visually and conceptually. The textiles are the springboards for my work. I look for patterns and shapes that catch my eye and work them into unique, abstracted “landscapes” into which I weave reoccurring favorite shapes and images drawn from various personal interests such as ecology, cartology, mythology, environmental science, and biology. I strive to create a narrative that feels iconic and familiar, while also being surprising and alluring.

 

I endeavor to take things that are decorative and beautiful on the surface and make them more complex and a little discomforting. As I make this work, I'm considering my own roles as mother, artist, teacher, homemaker, and wife, and my efforts to balance these many faces in a society with little real support for families. The feminist promises of my own youth - that women could "have it all," including career, family, social life, and upward mobility- seem hollow, naive, and unattainable. The reality of living in circumstances that are less privileged than my parents is stinging, and the pressure to sacrifice everything for my role as mother and homemaker is formidable. In a society that values “purchasing power” and coporate profits, I struggle to keep magic, mystery, hope, and wonder in my life.  

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Mixed Media and Collage

Mixed Media and Collage

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Paintings

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