I use many processes to create art, including paper making, iron casting, metal fabrication, drawing, printmaking, woodworking, performance, video, collaboration with other creatives and in cooperation with various communities. Using a feminist lens, I re-interpret the remnants of labor, identity, gender, and memory, discovered or made, using materials commonly found in hardware stores, supermarkets, and recycling bins.The creation of my work involves ritualistic labor that results in a variety of final forms such as a video reinterpreting a Eudora Welty short story or a tall stack of handmade paper that erodes as it is viewed. Many of the works expose the layers of impressions our bodies leave on the environment around us and the reciprocal memories our bodies hold from repetitive labor and life events. I question how we process the past and present as well as how information is compiled in the digital age. Often implicating the viewer in order to challenge their preconceptions, I create works that elicit both disgust and wonder.

I consider myself a conceptual artisan; in other words, a maker who values excellent craftsmanship as well as the importance of choosing materials and processes that represent an overarching idea. Marshall McLuhan states that “The medium is the message. This is merely to say that the personal and social consequences of any medium - that is, of any extension of ourselves - result from the new scale that is introduced into our affairs by each extension of ourselves, or by any new technology” (“Marshall McLuhan Quotes”). Most pieces include multiple materials chosen specifically for their connotation and ability to express an inherent meaning. For example, white cotton references America’s reliance on slave labor to create our wealth as a nation, a common Southern crop, clothing, agriculture, and whiteness. The use of iron references industry, the metal in our blood and earth, brittleness and strength, and commonly used cookware. Each material is further manipulated in the studio through performative, repetitive labor by which a process like papermaking becomes learned in the body and subsequently retained in the material.