b. 1984, Flemington, NJ
Live and Works in: Rockland, ME
I love to draw. After the death of my mother as a teenager, I realized how much I wanted to learn crafting techniques and skills from her that I never had any interest in before. In college, I began to teach myself the basics of sewing, and embroidering, two things that are traditionally taught by mothers to their daughters. I loved this new way of making so much, I found ways to incorporate it into my drawings, and haven’t stopped since.
My works utilize the female nude, transformed - women with animal heads. These figures aim to be subversive, yet quiet, and demand an intimate relationship when viewing (which could make the viewer uncomfortable by being so close). I use this as a form of empowerment in referencing the power and tenacious spirit of women I know, love and some that I have lost. Additionally, these pieces have thread drawn pattern in them, adding to the power, which is evoked by their stance and in-your-face nakedness. These patterns are inspired by traditional folk, embroidery, and other textile patterns. Embroidery has taken me to various residencies, from Canada to Iceland, where I immersed myself in the history of other textile techniques and incorporated them into my work.
I received a BFA from Maine College of Art, and a MAT from the School of Visual Arts. I live and work in the art-centric town of Rockland, Maine with my husband, son and two dogs.
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