Using a variety of media I experiment
with ways to resist thinking in binary terms (mind/body, inside/outside,
beauty /abject, organic/inorganic, self/other, and virtuality/materiality).
I am particularly interested in what penetrates, problematizes
and otherwise reconfigures how we come to think about the concept
of boundaries as it mediates our notions of personal and social
relations. Looking for ways through which we separate from and
connect with each other--skin, voice, touch, action, and language
are examined. I choose materials carefully, hog gut, iron, sound,
the body, all have meaning as matter, metaphor and for what they
do. My working processes, (sewing, welding, acting) and the presentation
methods (time-based, installation, ambient sound, headphones),
all are chosen for how they mean.
The pieces grow out of my own
idiosyncratic musings: the subversive and complex possibilities
associated with love, the stunted desire and pathos of an indiscernible
encounter, or the inevitably futile gesture of attempting to hide
the self. I am interested in the material and psychological consequences
of relationships, the paradox of the encounter between two. Because
ultimately, it is in the relationship, with all its messiness
and tenderness, where meaning is enacted. And it is within relationship
where boundaries can be softened.