Twisting, wrapping, weaving, cutting, painting, as my hands process the materials, meanings reveal themselves to me. Responding to the world around me, I deliberately choose a laborious process. I paint like a weaver and weave like a painter. My work is about material, process, and most recently, about time and the involvement of others.
My mixed media portraits use discarded objects that are given to me by those depicted in the works. These items are shredded, cut, twisted and torn and are recontextualized into a handwoven fabric that represents the essence of that person. I am interested in the stories that are woven into the cloth: the past and present messages that these cloths can share. The items embedded within the fabric spark conversations that guide the painting process. Every choice is crucial and the work is a visual representation of the social exchange between the subject and the artist.
2014 MFA, Visual Arts, The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University, Cambridge, MA.2000 MFA, Studio Teaching, Boston University School for the Arts, Boston, MA.
1999 BFA, Painting, Boston University School for the Arts, Boston, MA.
What They Could Be, Solo Exhibition at the Mikan Gallery, Wellfleet, MA.
Wicked, Fountain Street Fine Arts, Framingham, MA.
Woven, UForge Gallery, Jamaica Plain, Boston, MA.
MFA Graduate Exhibition, Art Institute of Boston, Boston, MA.
Abstract Women, Fitchburg State College, Fitchburg, MA.
Fiber x 2, Chelmsford Center for the Arts, Chelmsford, MA.
Spring Revival, Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York, NY.
Boston Young Contemporaries, Boston, MA.
OBJECTS OF LABOR