My work tracks the theme of actions and consequences. It is about ownership and migration and how these concepts affect our environments. I explore how behavior can have a powerful social and environmental impact. The audience is encouraged to physically engage with the work, stimulating reflection and dialogue.
Discarded pieces of garbage are repeatedly reproduced throughout my work, a reminder of their permanence in our landscape and a testimony to their futility. I ”package” them in decorative ways, shifting the context in which they are viewed. They become hidden in plain sight.
My materials are not just found objects. They are the enigmatic fragments of everyday life. Forensic puzzles so quotidian, we no longer see them.
I take them home, wash them, lay them out and begin to “paint”. The compositions which result are my form of mark-making. The objects themselves become my marks, my motifs. Sometimes the work has a playful, narrative. At other times they are abstract meditations on color or composition. I reproduce and repackage, make multiples and transform the impersonal and mechanized into something which is individual and handcrafted.
This creates a hybrid of technology and handcrafts. Needlepoint, a familiar, fussy, feminine pass-time with a long tradition, fuses with technology, a new way of seeing our realities. Exploring the cushion, requires participation. You must use your phone to interact. The screen that usually distractions us, here, leads us to consider ideas we may not want to think about. I slip these objects back into your environment. The motifs migrate to tables, sofas and living rooms. They are upholstered on chairs, adorn tablecloths or are hidden in the folds of a silk scarf. They are locked within a needlepoint QR code cushion for the curious to scan and rediscover.