Artist Statement Submitted 2020
My work focuses on pattern, textures, and the meaning that items can have to an individual’s personal history. Traditionally, pattern has been important to self-perception as people relate imagery to their specific family or to personal experiences. Patterns and symbols convey feelings, represent ideals, or represent memories. A piece of fabric holds significance in the lives of many: a piece of clothing gifted, a family heirloom, or comfortable hand-me-downs. I am interested in these stories and how people relate their own self-image to a visual pattern. My work begins as a conversation with each subject, discussing abstract interpretations of ourselves. This could be a realistic flower motif because a subject is attracted to nature’s comfort and sees herself as a practical person seeking factual answers. Together we find the story and figure out how to reflect their story in my work through visual patterns, words, or whatever means are necessary.
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