My work has always been about creating something and then tearing it apart, always repurposing and restructuring it. I continue to use this process in a way that pushes me to new places. My process is related, and pertains specifically to, identity construction both personally and globally.
The influences that flow through my work have been the resources I gather to make meaning in my life. They are derived from the bicultural background that I have been blessed to have been born into. All at once this provides perspective of varied points of view but can also isolate due to lack of formal associations with any particular group.
My interest in color and use of varied materials woven together in a way that often relate to culture and science, is a reference to our collective human diversity and my place in it. My work stands as a voice that recognizes our collective unity and the challenge we face to overcome the human frailty of fearing the “other” in order to maintain a sense of identity. I have always been interested in how identity is constructed and how it is fused into a tightly woven construct. This is where I find my interest in collaging and weaving as a process.
From a purely physical perspective there is also the idea that all matter is an illusion as so is our understanding of identity.Visually I try to construct a reflection of experience that can be both seemingly solid and illusory. The work seems wounded and scarred with stitched thread and patched up paper, with marks, color and imagery that can pertain to our contextual space in time. As energy and information flow is collected through time, it forms and informs our sense of identity.
Always in flux, ever changing, although seemingly solid, identity construction pertains to the layers of experience and understanding, layers of consciousness and time. The layering can be reminiscent of the formation of sedimentary rock and geodes, as they are also born of time and experience, it refers to the idea of identity being somehow "set in stone".
Encaustic has been my primary medium but included within the layers of my work are any one or combination of media including collaged imagery, drawing, painting, and mono print. I use watercolor, acrylic, oil, and varied drawing materials, at times I have used textiles, thread, enamel, glass and flower petals.