My work examines the hidden pressures, values, and power structures taught, enacted, and reinforced within commonplace objects and spaces. Cast paper, sculptural collage, and altered objects are my methods for deconstructing domestic vignettes of traditional success and beauty. I aim to unearth the human presence within our material surroundings and explore home as a place that is shaped by our stories and bears witness to our secret lives. I look for moments where those stories seep through the cracks and reveal what’s behind the façade. I may uncover the stale feeling of depression by extracting all the color from a sitting area, or memorialize sorrow in a rusted wall pattern.
Invisible elements like suppression or trauma gain a point of entry through approachable items such as a cup or wallpaper. From a carefully curated stock of thrifted items, I collaborate with the history of objects: where it came from, who handled it before me, or decisions by the designer. I was raised to see the possibility in found or unwanted things as a means of survival and play. In my youth, everything in our house was handed down, traded, handmade, or upcycled; every curtain sewn by my mom, steel furniture made in my dad’s fabrication shop, a dollhouse from old bookshelves. I did not understand this was due to financial struggle, as basic needs thus held a glint of magic. Living through a time when every moment feels on the brink of calamity I recall those coping mechanisms of fantasy and busy hands.
Long hours of unmaking and rebuilding found materials provide space to examine supposed truths within the domestic sphere. Repetitive processes become internal centering elements as I record memories and observations through labor. Carefully extracting every flower from a roll of wallpaper builds a familiarity with the patterned contents that inform its reconstruction. Time has an unusual presence where the making of a work spans many weeks of meticulous attention, yet the result often finishes in a precarious freeze frame. This work pulls at the threads of the home as a concept or symbol, and examines how ideologies contradict the realities and rituals of private space.