My practice spans printmaking, sculpture, and fiber arts with a dedicated attention to materiality and surface. I build bricks from tiny stitches of thread, and I make access (manhole) covers out of velvet. The three-dimensional objects I create are expanded from two-dimensional images, so even though they are fully physically dimensional, their visual qualities are limited to a single linear perspective as dictated by the static source image. This limitation results in a skewed half-true object; a meeting of tromp l’oeil and mimicry.
I approach my work with three overlapping lines of thought: one, to form a give-and-take relationship between an image and its object; two, to laboriously create individual representations of items that are normally mass produced and prevalent in our environment; and three, to use materials in a way to complicate our visual and conceptual understanding of the subject matter (the sheen of velvet mimics the shiny metal of an access cover while the connotations of the material also comment on ideations of value).
My subject matter, material choices, and tedious working processes expose the tension between the industrial and the individual, and my half-true or shifted representations of objects engage with themes of certainty, familiarity, and labor.