In my practice, I use textiles as the hand-sewn skins of my life-sized human and animal sculptures. I work predominantly with photographic prints on fabric using the cyanotype process, which I often dye or tone, or, more recently, with found fabric from used garments or store-bought yardage. In both cases I augment the surface with both machine and hand embroidery. In search of different textures, I also began wrapping parts of my sculptures in cotton cord and colorful synthetic para cord, hand-stitching the rows together as necessary. I am drawn to these fiber materials because they are reflections of the natural world. A stitch becomes hair, veins, wrinkles, bone fissures, muscle fibers, and a patch of embroidery can become a freckle, an iris, or lips.
The focus of my work has moved from photographic faux-taxidermy to a replication natural forms, including humans and skeletons, with very clear evidence of the human hand. The stitches that permeate all my work are an essential meditative act that creates cohesion, marks time, traces my movement around the piece and draws the viewers eyes across it. I maintain various thematic branches my practice which allow me to simultaneously explore a range of fiber techniques. My current explorations are: making animal skulls that hang out of the wall, exploring the self-portrait through the lens of Egyptian Canopic Jars, using a laser to cut cardboard profiles of 3D models of Venus statues in order to engage with the multiple, maintaining my global collaborative art project and working on self-publishing another edition of my Ulysses project.
My studio is located at Gallery Aferro in Newark, NJ.
If you would like to find out more about the cyanotype process, you can watch the video below which shows you how to expose and develop a print on pre-coated cotton fabric.