Artist Statement

Materially my artwork follows my interests in weaving, cloth, and the tactile quality of layers. In the past my work has visually taken cues from a variety of influences including folk art and religious art. Currently I am embarking on a body of work that revolves around family history and what gets lost in translation. Family photographs have a place in recording our past and the generations before us leading to our own being.

Notes and names penciled on the reverse of photographs record or help add a context, but over time we are separated from knowing the person photographed and become more speculative on what we understand.
Weaving inherently holds a linear and mathematical grid, but dye work can be free and not follow a grid. I use an Ikat influenced process of weaving, unweaving, and then reweaving the dyed portraits. This process causes the woven grid to shift and the portrait become pixilated, yet hold the familiarity of the face. It is a translation of a photograph which in turn is a interpretation of a memory of a person.