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STATEMENT OF WORK
Spanning painting, sculpture, and textiles, my work explores notions of femininity and feminism, high and low forms of art making, and dreams and disasters. Using combinations of painting and sewing, I modify and disrupt the familiar floral surfaces of used patterned bed sheets, which I have incorporated into my art for over a decade. Influenced by clothing construction, bodily orifices, curtains, windows, and cycles in nature, my work is a material exploration of the immaterial.
The surface of a bed is a place where one both experiences and escapes reality, a gateway between two realms. Dated bed sheets act as windows for peering into specific times and places from the past. Like skin, fabric retains a physical memory of experiences; it wrinkles from habitual behaviors and environmental conditions.
The shapes and forms in my work are inspired by fragmented floral imagery, both remembered and imagined. Other elements found in nature including shells, plants, and decay inform my work. While painting, I intuitively respond to and deviate from the familiar patterns before me, gradually building up transparent layers. I paint with an intentionally faded color palette and stain-like quality, allowing painted edges to seep and bleed. I welcome improvisation and unpredictable aspects of the stain as a counter to the predictable patterns of the bed sheets.
Understanding the functional language of fabric allows me to utilize its strength and flexibility. For example, working with fabric on its bias produces flowing and stretchy qualities. Fabric’s grid of woven threads acts like a guiding compass of sorts. The concept of seams, or joining two things together, helps me as I work to meld together disparate aesthetics that are both cute and gross.
Included in this portfolio are two bodies of work, Draperies and soft paintings. Both are made from old patterned bed sheets, acrylic, and thread. I sew the works myself. The more dimensional pieces are called Draperies. Each Drapery is one entire piece, similar to a single garment, that hangs on a wooden wall mount. The swags and tiers of patterned fabrics are painted with fluid acrylics either applied with a brush or with a spray staining technique. The soft paintings are backed with small loops and hang directly on the wall. Most have a straight seam somewhere in the work which acts as a level line when installing. The soft paintings and Draperies have no wires and can be folded or bundled for storage. Both bodies of work are trimmed in layers of bias tape cut from the bed sheets.
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