"Multiplicity, plurality and intricacy."
Textile drawings, textile paintings, textile flat sculpture, and painted murals.
I am interested in the different ways we experience nature and the world around us. I work in patchwork because I want to express ideas about multiplicity, plurality and intricacy. My large pieces are expressing my belief that there is not one truth; that many things can be true at the same time, and we constantly have many different views on the world. I work in four different ways: textile “drawings”, textile “paintings”, textile flat sculpture, and painted murals.
Each “drawing” is one idea worked through, from start to finish, in stitch, whether the idea concerns a new design or a particular colour combination. A “painting” is a stitched textile that I have worked on in several layers, adding applique in a spontaneous manner, in response to the first layer. I feel this technique enables me to feel something like the processes a painter uses. These works may be inspired directly by fabric combinations, or they may be part of a story or myth I am interested in at the time.
My flat sculptures are essentially about landscape. I use the form of a domestic object, a bedcover, to represent mythological or historical characters in the landscape; embodying a lost presence; imbuing the landscape with intimacy. I photograph these in nature and later exhibit them in a gallery setting.
Recently I have had the opportunity to work on a community art project where I completed a large mural, using designs created by the community in which we were working. I am looking forward to doing more of this kind of work in the future.