“Life is chaotic, dangerous, and surprising. Buildings should reflect it.”
Frank Gehry, architect
I create to communicate my view of the world and to remember to look for beauty in the chaos that is all around us. But I must also admit that one reason I create is to control some small part of my life. My work is solely my responsibility—a fact which is both daunting and exhilarating. Finally, I make art to take up the intriguing challenge of a friend of mine: Show me something I haven’t seen before.
I hope you find my work surprising, chaotic, and maybe even a little bit dangerous. Or at least, like nothing you’ve seen before.
I take plain fabrics (black or white, silk, rayon, or cotton) and alter their surfaces in different ways. Some of my processes—bleaching, tearing, cutting and burning—are subtractive and destructive. Some are additive—like painting, dyeing, and laminating. Others—like felting— are both. In most of my work, I layer many techniques on a single surface. But my work has roots in the quilting tradition, so most pieces are layered onto other fabric and stitched to provided texture, dimension, and durability to each piece.
As the eldest of four children, I learned to be responsible for my sisters, to keep track of them, and make sure they didn’t get themselves (and by extension, me) into trouble. Later, I spent many of my professional years trying to save the world (i.e., working for various non-profit organizations). Ultimately, I came to the conclusion that the world didn’t want to be saved, any more than my little sisters wanted to be bossed around. About that time, my sister Nanci (‘the creative one’) got me involved in a round robin quilting project, and that was my entre into the art world.