I make art for the same reasons I breathe. It is not a choice, it’s automatic, and it is necessary for life. I was the artist of the family as a child, but the artworks I envisioned were always rendered with sewing, embroidery, weaving, knotting, knitting, and crochet.
My work has addressed the environmental crisis of plastic trash and pollution. At University I was taught all the rules, the rights and wrongs of fiber traditions, weaving and basket making. Simultaneously, I learned to subvert the rules and traditions.
My materials are cast off, surplus, or waste: recycled copper wire, one-time-use plastic bags and bits. My color palette is deceptively bright and (one might say) cheery or whimsical. Found-Object-Assemblage is a term that could apply to what I do, and I call this palette is “found color.” It is the color story of plastic packaging. These one-time-use, disposable items are products, and they must attract consumers as they sit on store shelves.
These materials belong physically and conceptually to the modern age. Physically, they are by-products of industrialization. Conceptually, the ideas of disposability, one-time-use, surplus, and waste are modern inventions. Yet, what we have thrown away stays around, and will haunt us for who know how long.
Shown above, header: Detail from Plastic in the Trees I; 42″ h, 43″ w; Overshot Weaving; Surplus yarn with used plastic bags.