I am curious about the physical world, the fact that I exist within it, and the fact that it will continue on after I am gone. My inspiration comes equally from handmade objects (embroidery, quilting, knitting), natural phenomena (gravity, atmosphere, growth, decay), and visual phenomena (factual vs. perceptual). I am interested in these things because they offer direct connections to humanity, the surrounding physical world, and sensations of existence.
My paintings emphasize the tactile as well as the optical. In today's instantaneous world of digital technology, large amounts of information are received either optically or aurally as images and sounds. I am interested in creating work that engages vision, but also rouses a desire to gather information through the intimacy of touch and direct encounter. Using combinations of paint, fabric, and embroidery, I construct tangible images that exist beyond the reach of visual and verbal language alone.
The images I create cannot be known in an instant. Tactile curiosities and relationships that connect across forms are slowly revealed to viewers who take their time in looking. I mix the flexible with the firm, the fuzzy with the slick, the labored with the spontaneous, and the actual with the illusion. I am curious about the connections between things and how comparative relationships help us to define and understand the things we cannot know. I want the viewer to become involved with the visceral, participatory act of perceiving to collect, organize, and examine information across a range of material representations. My intent is to encourage viewers to slow down, to connect with the moment, and to feel a still presence
of being within the world.