Trained in traditional craft jewelry practice and later introduced to digital fabrication, my continuing research ranges from 3D modeled and printed functional object installation to large-scale body adornment/fashion. Traditional methods of fabrication, computer-aided-design/rapid prototyping, and alternative digital fabrication techniques are utilized to realize current work.
What primarily drives my art is the tension of form in relation to the body. Exploration through space, movement, and texture reveals abstract concepts such as emotion, violence, and criticism. Wearable art creatively articulates these subjects.
By seeking the essence of fashion theory and historical aesthetics of wearable art, transcending the traditions of costume is made possible. My work comments on the transparency of fashion by describing both human intellect and primitive nature. We cannot remove the descriptive statement of what we wear as it reveals our values in an obvious as well as subconscious manner.
Human behavior is a fascinating area of study when comparing recent and ancient history. Markings or dress may reveal friend or foe (self/tribe or other), married or unmarried, and/or prescribed roles within a community. Research into this subject is delectable, full of traditions, discriminating rules, and sumptuary laws.
Technology plays an important role in my work. Computer-Aided-Design, Rapid Prototyping, and multiple media are all used to realize ideas. Dialoguing of the technological and the more ubiquitous textures of pedestrian materials is intriguing. What dictates material use is the idea to be created.
Latent Fibers is an installation designed to be a memento of the distraction or diversion that is posited on us like blankets. We choose recognition and sight like the reluctant rising on a cold morning. Fenestral objects of illumination, these latent works hold potential for both beauty and violence. Originating from the reminder of violence that is often effortless to ignore, brutality is revealed in patterns which untidily spill over borders.
The installation reminds us of the violence from which we divert ourselves in everyday life and practice. Patterns and imagery predominantly source textiles, specifically Afghan war rugs and Indigenous Mexican designs. Acknowledging women, being past and present the primary composers of textile and the voice of their culture, the pieces are tributes to the subtle power of women. They remind us as well of our responsibility to regard societal violence and not to be distracted by digital and cosmetic pursuits. We are challenged to recognize, mourn, translate, and create.