Fabric, embroidery, paint, sewing machine, and a frame: these ingredients in my current body of work “Fabric Paintings” allow me a process of invention and play with images and material from diverse sources.
I have a fascination with how things come together physically, psychologically, socially, and imaginatively. I push for shapes and lines to have an intimate relationship with one another and to the edge of their frame. During construction the connections with fabric are loose: rough and not perfect. Once sewn together, stretched to a taunt flatness around a frame, the seams take flight. Simple shapes gain an unexpected flirtation with one another or they feel the pressure of the seams holding them together. The places or sites where the shapes and pieces of material collide become lines of struggle, till they freeze into a place of leaning, bending, or nudging into one another and become alive in subtlety
In my painting practice I use materials that are diverse to painting. By making space for these materials or processes, such as sewing, stitching, threading, fabric, and embroidery, I’m making a simple proclamation that they hold the power to create a surface, just as paint is manipulated to make surfaces. Being freed from the exclusively painted surfaces, the shapes that I make can be inherently separate entities that come together on the plane, departing the limitation of only painting things illusionistically coming together, through the use of varying materials it actually happens on the surface. This interaction is paramount in my construction of abstract images that often reference the body.