What's it all about?
My Artist Statement
I have an insatiable passion for art. Creating art is how I make sense of the world. I explore issues which are both personal and political, both local and global. This stems from my desire to understand what it might feel like to be someone else, to tap into a universal compassion, and to break down barriers that hinder connection.
Historically, textiles have been used for basic human needs: protection, warmth, survival, decoration and self-expression. We swaddle our newborns, on special occasions we don our best threads, and at life's end we wrap our loved ones in cloth. Fabric is intimately human and inherently familiar. I build on this universal human connection to speak directly to other inherently human qualities: injustice, discrimination, fear, and also peace and beauty.
I balance my often-weighty subject matter with the simplicity of a running stitch, the beautiful curve of an unencumbered thread, the texture of a frayed edge, and sometimes the wash of watercolor or immediacy of a graphite line. These things bring me joy as I process the ever-changing world in which I live.
Who am I? Here's my bio.
Born and raised in the farmlands of Illinois, my path forward has been global. I had the good fortune to be a graduate of Bamberg American High School in Germany which inspired me to earn a BA in International Relations and travel throughout Europe and Asia for work, study and pleasure.
After making Colorado my home, I began a rigorous independent study of fiber art and surface design, thanks to a vibrant local fiber art community. I eventually returned to academia for an MFA degree in Fiber from Colorado State University.
My favorite art supply is thread; my favorite tool is my sewing machine. This two- and three-dimensional fiber art and installation work has been awarded several grants, residencies and awards including a Sustainable Arts Foundation Grant, a Bernina Award for Innovative Machine Embroidery, and a Ringholz Art Supply Award. My work has been included in national and international exhibitions, including the Textile Museum in Washington D.C., and has been published in Fiber Arts Magazine and FiberArt Now, the books Freestyle Machine Embroidery by Carol Shin and Dimensional Cloth: Sculpture by Contemporary Textile Artists by Andra Stanton.