Surrounded by a society enthralled with high speed technology and quantity over quality production goals, I employ slow techniques that compel me to savor the process of creating; from the exhilaration of selecting colours and textures to the rhythmic lullaby of stitching by hand. I find artistic inspiration in a medium that most might find rooted in domestic tradition. Perhaps true in the sense that familiar fabrics are often used in my mixed media constructions but those common materials allow me to experiment, to create new from what may be considered old. It is through this slow reordering of textiles and materials that I am able to contemplate and expand my ideas for each work. Layers of new meaning are often revealed with each unhurried step and deliberate stitch.
The dichotomy is that even though my work is slowly brought to completion it is often urban themed. I love the city—its vibrancy, accentuated by its multiple layers of fast paced activity, colors, and of marked time and yet I conscript unhurried processes of applying acrylic paint, thread, and multiple bits of paper and fabric to canvas. Just as a city is a synthesis of disparate parts, my practice of layering and piecing cloth on cloth, paint on paint and thread over thread results in reflective interpretations of urban transitions that build, layer upon layer, over time or with brevity throughout the course of a single day.
My current series, Vanishing Point, captures urban life through the perspective of treasured but fading memories. For all of us, over time, palpable details of life events and places lived grow dim and fade. Persistently grasping in the mist of memory, our hearts long to reminisce and keep possession of even the smallest thread of sentiment. Using painted and stretched canvas as a giant embroidery hoop, I sketch with thread, the imprint of urban landscapes on individual memory. Each piece permits the viewers to become the city’s human element, in solitary interaction with the landscape and their personal narratives.