The inherent beauty and intrinsic value of everyday things underlie my work. Each series I create links to a specific place, time, and memory.
Formally, my pieces employ pattern. They require enormous amounts of repetitive and physically daunting manual labor. Control and process looms large.
In the first part of my creative process I collect two things—memories and materials. I stay in a place, experience it, and connect to it. When I walk around, I scan the environment, look at the ground, and gathering things. By collecting, cleaning, sorting, storing, and arranging materials I imbue it with more value. I store my finds often for years before they are used.
The second part of my creative process matches form and meaning. I hash out ideas in my sketchbook. It requires multiples rounds of sketches and prototypes to refine a visual approach. Material itself holds significance even before it’s manipulated. I think about semiotics throughout the creative process, sometimes long after a piece is physically finished. I refine logic and meaning by writing, which I do concurrently with my investigations of form.
Ostensibly, my work does not appear moralizing or political, but indeed, it draws from wells of sustainability and the LGBTQ+ experience. Pleasant visuals provide the vehicle for metaphors and hidden meanings. I aim to surprise and delight viewers while shifting perceptions of value.