The choice of working with textiles came very naturally to me. I love the supple and tactile nature of fabric and its ability to take on rich colors, both absorbing and reflecting light. I strive to express energy and movement within my work. Yet I also try to create spaces that allow the eye to pause or pivot in its journey and I’m fascinated by how these spaces can change from one viewing (or viewer) to the next, as the relationship between figure and ground emerges and collapses in perceptual shifts.
Many of the motifs in my work are abstractions of things I see around me – from the architecture and urban environs of NYC to the wooded hills and open fields of Northwest CT. It may be a distant view, the stark line of a building, or the subtle curve of a branch that sparks a new thought. The influence of urban and rural places may also explain why I’m drawn to both angular geometric shapes and curving organic forms.
I usually begin with a simple idea, arranging and constructing (or deconstructing) abstract forms into patterns until I feel a harmonic tension or unity. Color also comes into play, and I choose my palette from hand-dyed fabrics that provide me with a wide range of values. I think of my process as being very intuitive, but when it’s time to join the pieces together, each stitch is made with thoughtful intent, fastening the layers and adding textural depth. I’m a firm believer that every cut, line and stitched seam leads somewhere, so I try to remain open to the process, to change and variation, and to exploring both traditional and modern techniques. I feel my works owe as much to modern art as they do to historic quilts.
I feel very lucky to be doing work that I love. I’m intrigued by the creative process and the world that inspires it. I hope that my joy in creating this work touches those who view it.