In my recent work I am exploring new methods, new materials, and new aims. Many of these pieces have been made from textiles purchased at the Salvation Army Thrift Store. The fabrics have been altered by draping, cutting, and painting and have been stapled directly to the studio wall.
These pieces echo the uses of fabric in our everyday lives, such as clothing, bedspreads and sheets, window curtains and tablecloths, to evoke the missing human body.
Some are about absence and loss, and deal, obliquely, with the death of my father in 2015. Others are a kind of play on the art historical split between “high” art and popular culture, including fashion. Still others are more focused on the idea of painting vs. sculpture, and with upending expectations of what a painting is and how it functions.
All of these works explore new ways to use the traditional materials of painting - woven fibers and paint, to speak of issues ranging from race relations and homelessness, to our notions of time, death, dreams and aspirations, and our responsibilities to one another in this life.