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ARTIST'S STATEMENT

The possibility of the imperfect and discarded inspire me. I prefer things that are broken, worn and a bit dirty with the patina of age, finding beauty in the unexpected. I am curious about how and why we acquire, consume, treasure, and discard and am intrigued by the idea of value and how things are assigned value in society.

As an artist of opportunity and an urban scavenger, I focus on upcycling found objects. I extend the life of the obsolete. I collect materials and skills and then see how they coalesce to express my ideas. My art process itself is a critique on consumerism and disposability. Every choice we make about how we spend our time, our energy and our money tells the world who we are and what we value.

My compositions emerge organically; Design and construction happen simultaneously. The structure grows out of a conversation with the materials. I work with textiles, beads, wire, metal, paper, clay, resin, wood and found objects. I create fiber art, jewelry, sculpture (wearable & installation), collage and wall hangings. My work revolves around themes of identity, femininity, womanhood, beauty, domesticity, family and motherhood.

ON BEAUTY

Pressure to conform to societal standards is nothing new. Concerned with unrealistic beauty standards and conventional definitions of gender and sexuality, I push these ideas into the grotesque by applying current standards to vintage images and non conforming ideas to contemporary images exposing the absurdity of one size fits all beauty model.