In my practice I investigate the manner in which people connect with their environments. I wish to know what draws people to different surroundings and lifestyles. For this, I am fascinated with culture, and how it can profoundly impact our identities. We can easily be creatures of habit, fixed on a set behavior and routine. Yet, we are still capable of reshaping our paths to reach our desired destination. People are always transforming, merging, dividing, adapting, and rejecting certain realities put in front of them. The way I weave, sew, and physically assemble my work is quite similar to this human experience. I overlay contrasting materials such as yarn, fabric, felt and foam and then utilize stitching, braiding, and weaving techniques to create an image that emphasizes the ebbs and flows I observe in my surroundings.
With this process, physical entities are re-embodied into fibrous materials. They lie in a plane subjected to the actions of my hands. As I work to simplify these entities, I am left with the shapes, forms, and colors that represent different elements of the original environment. People, places, and things transform into a collective, acting in coherence with other members of their group. Globular forms made of appliqued fabric gravitate toward larger ones, and are either consumed or cast out. The larger masses being warm in color while external entities become cooler in their hue. There are repetitive stitches acting as drawn lines moving in several directions with no set trajectory. Rows of lines navigate through uncharted territory. They attempt to merge with other groups of lines and simply disappear, or go around repeatedly in circles. The physical outcome resembles the geography depicted on maps; where a fictitious terrain may be contained on a flat surface or can take form in hundreds of braided threads undulating on a sewn surface.
I continue to pursue building a personal mapping system.