Studio Resident (2012 - 2014)
Statement of Work
I practice an unusual form of “painting”, using simply a non-computerized home sewing machine. My intention is to approach the use of stitch placement from the perspective of a painter. With the careful distribution of sewn color gradients and layers, I am able to express the depth and what appears to be color “mixing” as well as having the ability to achieve texture through directional changes and stitch strokes. This once practical tool used primarily for crafts has now crossed the line as a tool used for creating fine art. I emphasize that I do not use a computerized sewing machine because my goal is to create something a computer, or programmable machine, is not capable of. This technique has been challenging for me to practice, but that is what keeps me working it and enjoying what I do. I also take pride in the fact that not many fine artists sew in this manner, so it is unique and interesting to look at as well as create.