My art examines the historical and contemporary roles that women are assigned. I bridge the past with the present, fabricating a visual language of images by combining personal experience with global issues that connect us. Through original textiles using silkscreen and incorporating hand drawn images and text on the fabric; using the resulting fabric to create art objects allows my textiles to become something larger than a piece of cloth. I am proud to carry on a long tradition of fiber arts from the women in my family, and women throughout the world. Working in textiles, creating quilts, clothing, and more, has been female work for centuries. Working with textiles to create fine art builds a bridge between women past to present.
My desire to focus on these themes grew out of my own experience of gender discrimination and abuse. Being told my entire life that my voice is strident, I’m too intimidating, and should change how I take up space in the world has reinforced my need to continue to fight against these influences telling me to stop speaking out and standing up. The need to share my own experiences is amplified when I see reporting in the news around me about barriers being placed on women. Being able to process these experiences, by researching the past and how women’s rights have changed, then realizing how far we have yet to go to reach true equality, focuses my energy. Making this type of work is an imperative to help shift the social narratives that have been a limiting factor for women all over the world.