artist statement

artist statement

Working with natural fibers such as string, twine and rope coated in adhesives of beeswax, resin, glue and acrylic and embedded onto canvas, I create process-oriented art that molds soft materials into intricately controlled forms. Drawing with thread, and existing in both two and three dimensional space, I animate both the expressive and conceptual potential of line. By using fiber, my work adds a different tactile material to the language of drawing and painting and lifts line from its conventional two dimensional support to create large mixed media works living in-between painting and sculpture. Paul Klee described drawing as "taking a line for a walk". By disciplining myself to use one continuous thread, I take the fiber line for a walk and am required to listen to the nature of the material, welcome the unexpected potential for error that comes from working with unruly material and create new pathways. By preserving the line's course, I create visual recordkeeping of my thought processes, decisions and actions. By constructing abstract monochromatic pieces, I invite viewers to engage with their own subjectivity, sit with imperfection and make personal associations.

Under 1,000 Suns with Yoko, Agnes & Eva work-in-progress
Fiber, Graphite, Beeswax, Resin, Acrylic, Canvas. 2020