My work is predominantly informed by techniques and materials commonly found in the world of domestic crafts. Multi-color knitting, with wool yarn, is my main focus, although I have been known to employ other techniques, such as crochet, embroidery, and latch-hook, depending on my vision and what I believe the piece needs to be fully realized. I started working in this way in 2011, and since then each piece has built upon the last, progressing in variety and complexity, as I’ve pushed the boundaries of this style. As an ArtsGreensboro grant recipient in 2015, I was able to purchase a 1980’s domestic knitting machine that has allowed to me to explore these techniques on a larger-scale. And although the end results from the machine are nearly identical to what can be produced by hand, the process of making the work is wholly different, with its own unique advantages and pitfalls. The limiting confines of a knitted structure (think: grid) does wonders for directing my imagination, instead of the paralysis I felt with painting’s infinite possibilities.
Thematically, my work is united in my love of poetically-fragmented text, and objects of personal symbology. My earlier works focused more on relationships and domestic intimacy, and lately I’ve been reflecting more on how technology is leaching into our everyday lives. I like to employ satire and humor, as a way to make fun of myself, everyone else, and “the institution” -- after all, what is more precious in this world than a good laugh? At this stage in my life, I allow my subconscious to mostly dictate my compositions, and am thrilled to share my work with others, and allow their impressions and feedback to reveal further layers of connection and meaning.
There is such beauty in the simple, the intimate, and the everyday, least of which is the fact that we’re all experiencing it in our own way, together.