Artist's Statement


Throughout history, Western cultures have approached the idea of nature in myriad different ways. The Greeks regarded nature as an intelligent and rational organism. Renaissance thinkers considered nature as an orderly machine. In post-Renaissance years, nature came to be viewed as a wild, chaotic force. In addition, women were associated with nature and by extension, with chaos and disorder. In current thought, many contradictory views of nature coexist: nature as a garden, nature as mother, and nature as wilderness are some common themes. Subtending all of these is the assumption that nature is separate from culture.

In my work, I explore new relationships between humans and nature. I visually create new ways of linking the two worlds by using forms that evoke the plant or animal world, then placing them in a "human" context. My pieces seem to grow out of gallery floors or walls, infecting and infesting an otherwise sterile human environment. Some of the biomorphic forms are combined in eccentric hybrids with detritus from human culture. Others straddle the line between plant and animal. All link disparate elements in some way. Even my process is a form of linking. Crocheting, sewing, and weaving are activities that bring together separate components, in the act of creating a new whole. I use these techniques as metaphors for the re-connection of nature and culture.



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