My work is born of a longing for stillness and a compulsion towards action. Repeated marks, gestures and materials stand in for all the experiences we keep having; they are both the same and unique every time they occur. Whether in embroidery, sculpture, video, sound, or in improvised installation and collage, repetition is a lens that illuminates the relationship between suffering, desire and impermanence.
The ultimate paradox of contemporary American life is embodied in everything I make: we keep trying to relax by staying busy. My work self-consciously echoes the anxiety of constant doing, while offering a remedy for this pervasive busyness: the value of extreme slowness. I seek to provide breathing room by enticing them to look closely.
Informed by the constant interplay between micro and macro, my work refers simultaneously to the cellular, the human-scaled and the cosmic, as well as to the accumulation of time. These works are relentlessly about process. They are an abstraction of all complex systems—ecological, political, economic, cultural, biological—which result from the confluence of often-overlooked smaller parts.
My materials include thread, paper and the accumulated byproducts of cycles of the body and of culture. I use repeated gestures—rolling, winding, coiling, quilling, spinning, tying—to transform these materials into opportunities to contemplate the underlying processes in nature and culture. Circuitousness is a remedy to our tendency to value linear progress over the reality that life is cyclical.
My haptic process and the viewer’s visual contemplation of the result are intimately connected. Both are sensory experiences of repetition that can transform anxiety about impermanence, uncertainty and imperfection into curiosity about the mystery of what’s here in the present moment.
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