artist statement

A desire to both hold on to and let go of our past influences drives my mixed-media practice. Material collisions quietly speak to tensions we have with memories and past environments. Used in both expected and unexpected ways within one artwork, contradictions of form and media are crafted to communicate human struggle within ourselves.
As forms seem to pull themselves together or break apart, they act as stand-ins for complex personas confronting their environments. Visually these material-driven paradoxes can confuse viewers due to their orderly nature, but the tightness of craft makes the tensions within them quickly felt, yet mysteries for us to ponder further. In this way materials contrasts and connections act as clues. From upholstered forms, needle work, and velvet to concrete, tree branches, and rocks, I seek ways to express complex negotiations with our edges—our reaches, our landings, our thresholds, … our sense of home.