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My work with paper is, at its core, a result of my need to divert waste into objects of value. The previous use of the papers shredded into the pulp give the objects symbolic meaning beyond their aesthetic. The act of tearing and breaking down documents, jotted thoughts, and other remnants of our daily lives connects us to the impermanence of these moments. As they are reformed into new papers or cast objects, the essence of the materials' old life remains, though often unrecognizable. The papers' original content may have been precious or important, but like everything else in our lives was fleeting. Even these completed artworks may be broken back down into pulp and reformed into new pieces again and again.
My grandmother taught me to sew pillow cases when I was six years old, starting my lifelong obsession with fabrics and assemblage. Often my work starts with a found material from a garage sale or thrift shop, is added to my collection, and transforms from my original idea as I create. I prefer slow processes of sewing and weaving by hand; they give me a reprieve from our culture obsessed with efficiency. These repetitive tasks serve as meditation and give me time to process and edit the final artwork.
embroidery. weaving. soft sculpture. paper pulp.
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