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I think of myself as a painter, but I spend most of my time in the studio weaving. By weaving my own canvas, I control the kind of fibers used, the color of thread, the type of weave, and the overall shape. These arrangements are specific and integral. When I weave twill, for example, I make diagonals that are as essential as right angles are to a traditional canvas. My main concern is structure, which, for me, means that I think about the relationships between the parts of a painting: the initial, woven compositions inform and determine the painting's ultimate design, and I want to account for everything.
Recent art history, namely Judd's conception of the "specific object" and Fried's "deductive structures," informs my work. But I've started simply and tried to take nothing for granted. The formal and art historical considerations are, in any case, big-picture. The day-to-day work is long and repetitive. The pay-off, though, is knowledge, the sort that's rooted in experience. Rather like the basement tinkerer, I wanted to understand something, so I took it apart; now I'm trying to put it back together.