Statement

I examine critical social issues through projects that incorporate traditional methods of craft and materials from domestic spaces that are often overlooked or discarded to emphasize the governance and suppression of women due to a lack of representation. Making my artist’s mark with these materials also embraces the positive aspects of women’s history as makers and references the domestic sphere. These materials call for an examination of the perception of materials, the meaning and hierarchies of value often associated with them and the connections of how society devalues and views women and the underclass.

TAG! You’re It!, a participatory installation made of climbing yarn, pays homage to the traditions of women’s handicraft that have often been relegated to a feminine pastime. Red tags with a variety of statistics impacting women and those identifying as women
are attached to the structure. Viewers are asked to transcribe their personal stories regarding some of the staggering numbers and statistics impacting women’s reproductive health, rights, and issues onto manila shipping tags provided at the site and invited to hang their tags on the yarn structure. The material choices and platform to share their stories emphasize women’s resilience even when circumstances or outside forces try to defeat us. Far from the childhood game of tag we all played as children, these statistics have serious consequences for the women and those identifying as women that are affected. My intention for this project is to provide an impetus for healing and awareness.

My work presents contrasts across material, form, and subject matter, but all are rooted in a feminist viewpoint. I view my work as typifying the underrepresented, discarded, disregarded, and domestic by showing relationships between the historical and the contemporary and allude to the destructive patterns of human behavior that repeat themselves over time if unchecked.