I create paper collage and paintings on pieced textiles that consist of simple, restrained abstract forms evocative of deeply sensed mental and emotional states. I approach the combination of elements in my work as though I am constructing a feeling, a thought, a relationship; intentionally creating spatial and narrative ambiguity that heightens the work’s expressive tension.
The repurposed materials that I use have their own histories which become integral expressive elements in the work. Because the larger paintings on textile include the tactile sensual qualities of the fabric and painterly marks, the compositions have become more reduced, allowing for greater clarity and impact.
Strongly related to abstract painting, my practice takes inspiration from artists such as Arlene Shechet, Jim Lee, Fran Shalom and, especially, Amy Sillman, whose works and writings have influenced me profoundly.