Grandmothers Crown, 2018   denim pieces and unknown material 24.5"x18.5"x8"

Grandmothers Crown, 2018
denim pieces and unknown material 24.5"x18.5"x8"



Artist's statement

For as long as I can remember, I have been inspired to balance the properties of art, math and movement—spatial relevance. As such, I am moved to use those ideals to weave universal meaning into all that I do and create. I love the texture of things that have history: fossils, tree bark, aged skin, weathered paint and urban walls that have been layered with posters, graffiti and signage. I have a thing for rusted metal, old tools and anything that displays age and experience, holding the evidence of life and of time. In all things worn, I see the efforts that people have offered which much too often go unnoticed, un-championed and un-rewarded by anyone —especially SELF. As such, human experience remains my muse where historically, emotionally and psychologically layered, previous happenings remain as viable factors. THIS IS LIFE.  The evidence of past events are the bread crumbs and markers that in some way not only color the present and get passed on to the future, but show us the way back in order to gain perspective and understanding on where we currently are. 

While my previous work expressed this idea in multiple veils of paint, from there, my artistic medium has evolved through my childhood affinity for denim. Worn denim is an icon that has become intimately woven into our lives. It is texture, content, context, color and mood. In it, I have come to appreciate the subtle traces of life that are left behind in how we each live in, and wear out our jeans. Denim in blue—the archetypal color for mother, comfort, nurturing and healing is connected to Genoa, Italy where jean material was created in the 1500’s for use as work clothes and bedding. Revolutionary in its connection to industry within the United States circa 1850’s, denim has always been deeply rooted in cotton and indigo production, factory work, labor concerns, and in both rural and urban identity. Even used by women to strategically subdue or shield femininity,  denim pants have for years, referenced economic status, civil rights, gender equality, age appropriateness, and the need, or desire for women to defend themselves with protective clothing. My dissected denim fragments are harvested, stretched, tied, twisted and reconstructed as building blocks of symbolic structures to communicate the equality in human material that we ALL are.