Ties That Bind

In weaving, I am able to connect and explore within the medium's layered cultural heritage, while also indulging in the abstract language of painting that I love. I invite the viewer's associations about weaving with domesticity, tradition, femininity, and craft, and in my work, aim to celebrate and expand upon these associations by exploiting and magnifying the formal gridded world within the process. I magnify and simplify traditional weaving patterns to reveal the complex designs these modest threads are capable of making. After the cloth I weave has been taken off the loom, weavings are aggressively bound and stretched, creating sculptural paintings on frames that the weavings are both, defined by and expanding beyond. Dye is meticulously painted on the weavings, and excess threads are braided or corded-all painterly decisions, which further exploit the fact that these feminine, historically rooted, and domestic practices also exist as strong abstract contemporary art. Process as well as literal and metaphorical tensions are present within the final work.
Exhibition Dates: 
Saturday, April 7, 2018 to Saturday, May 12, 2018

Innards

Innards, 2017, mop cotton, thread, fabric paint, pine frame, 22 1/2 x 22 1/2 x 2 1/2"

Landscape

Landscape, 2018, hardware twine, cottolin, pine frame, 22 x 42 1/2 x 2 1/2"

Painting Log Cabin

Painting Log Cabin, 2018, mop cotton, fabric paint, pine frame, 42 1/2 x 42 1/2 x 2 1/2"

Patterns in Twill

Patterns in Twill, 2018, butcher's twine, fabric paint, pine frame, 17 1/2 x 12 x 2 1/2"

Revealing Wishing Well

Revealing Wishing Well, 2018, hardware twine, butcher's twine, fabric paint, pine frame, 29 x 1/2 x 22 x 2 1/2"

Construction Chic

Construction Chic, 2017, cottolin, mason line, thread, redwood frame, 25 1/2 x 23 x 2 1/2"

Get Messy

Get Messy, 2018, mop cotton, fabric paint, pine frame, 21 x 44 1/2 x 2 1/2"

I'll Braid

I'll Braid, 2018, mop cotton, fabric paint, pine frame, 38 1/2 x 23 1/2 x 2 1/2"

Leaving

Leaving, 2018, mop cotton, paint, pine frame, spray paint, 23 x 35 x 2 1/2"