Stripped/Striped | 12″ x 12″ | Hand-embroidered cotton on Penelope canvas | 2018
My work is informed by intensive textile processes, particularly embroidery and loom-based handweaving techniques, with concepts drawn from personal experience, Queer Theory, and the histories of fiber arts. I translate these ideas into functional and conceptual objects, bringing art into the everyday. Throughout my practice, I use the meta-textile, fabric mimicking another textile or a textile object that is self-aware, as a theoretical and technical framework. Hand making and digital processes allow me to explore pictorial representation, abstraction, illusion, and the tension between surface and structure. The work becomes manifold through each new procedure and apparatus, revealing its metaphorical qualities: concepts of gender performance, assimilation and resistance, genre, and Pastiche.