My work has always been about repurposing , reconfiguring and restructuring and pertains specifically to identity construction both personally and collectively.
The influences that flow through my work have been the resources I gather to make meaning in my life. They are derived from the bicultural background that I have been blessed to have been born into. All at once this provides perspective of varied points of view but can also isolate due to lack of formal associations with any particular group.
My interest in color and use of varied materials woven together in a way that often relate to culture and science, is a reference to our collective human diversity and my place in it. My work stands as a voice that recognizes our collective unity and the challenge we face to overcome the human frailty of fearing the “other” in order to maintain a sense of identity. I have always been interested in how identity is constructed and how it is fused into a tightly woven construct. This is where I find my interest in collaging and weaving as a process.
From a purely physical perspective there is also the idea that all matter is an illusion as so is our understanding of identity.Visually I try to construct a reflection of experience that can be both seemingly solid and illusory. The work seems wounded and scarred with stitched thread and patched up paper, with marks, color and imagery that can pertain to our contextual space in time. As energy and information flow is collected through time, it forms and informs our sense of identity.
Always in flux, ever changing, although seemingly "set in stone" as stones are also born of time and experience. Identity construction pertains to the layers of experience and understanding, layers of consciousness and layers of information that are we are influenced by. This layering is reminiscent of the formation of striations in stone, the linear marks generated from fault movement. The striation's direction reveals the movement direction in the fault plane.
Encaustic has been my primary medium but included within the layers of my work are any one or combination of media including collaged imagery, drawing, painting, and mono print. I use watercolor, acrylic, oil, and varied drawing materials, at times I have used textiles, thread, enamel, glass and flower petals.