Statement

 

     ...metaphor, in its turn, is just a way of becoming part of the continual weaving of connections that takes place at the heart of living...          

- Julia Kristeva

 



Deference, 2014

          My work develops across a terrain of material elements and manipulations, visual and atmospheric renderings and personal narratives. Seminal studies in textiles and contemporary fiber art engendered my interest in the subject of materiality itself.  And I began to comprehend matter as mutable and therefore emblematic of the ephemeral and unpredictable nature of life as it is lived.
          Various pathways emerged from this central impulse, where material in its myriad forms and responses to worldly phenomena are stories to be told.  An appreciation of handwork as time conditional led me to experiment with a range of process-oriented formats such as collage and assemblage, video and performance, and writing.  Ongoing research concerning the physical world and its workings, contemporary science and indigenous traditions for example, underscore as well the palpable, malleable intersection of time and matter.
          The substances of bodies and selves are alterable subjects and objects, just as the earth, also a material entity, is impacted by natural and human-generated events. Like ecosystems, societal systems are fluid and unstable. As art persists in its ambiguous relationship to all of our concerns, the study of materiality remains for me the most apt poetic agent in relation to human and worldly conditions and the migratory nature of my being.

 

 

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