I use a combination of material approaches to explore the significance of ritual in re-constructing memory over a period of time. My works represent the ways in which memories are impressionable, becoming more removed from the reality of the initial event each time we recall them.
Natural artifacts like magnolia leaves, flowers, or pinecones used in tandem with experimental approaches to sculptural media like body casting, plaster, and resin become physical embodiments of the way memories are pliable. As a natural result of using live materials, the sculptures are shape-shifters, slowly evolving in color and texture as they dry or come into contact with other media. I use repetitive construction techniques like sewing, braiding, and binding as metaphors for both the ritualistic aspects of mentally revisiting memories, and the emotional connections felt when physically revisiting sites of significance. With cyanotype photography processes I create indexical documents of passing time and capture echoes of specific places. I also make monoprints with collected natural artifacts which serve as quick, immediate documents of my intimate relationship with nature and it’s deep connection to the way I have interpreted my world since childhood.
Much of my work is a direct response to my immediate environment/landscape, intuitively responding to an overlay of memories stirred by color, form, indexicality, and space/place dynamics. The entire studio process becomes a ritual, celebrating the ephemeral and reflecting the psychological effort of remembering. The works create textured visual experiences that draw connections between the layered experiences of time, material, absence, and meaning.