Artist Bio/ Statement
I am an emerging fiber artist in the Pioneer Valley. I graduated from Smith College with a B. A. in psychology and art in 2015. I recently had a studio located in the Eastworks building but am now working from home in Easthampton, MA.
My craft incorporates various types of needlework from crochet to punch needle. I primarily employ hand and machine embroidery techniques in my work. I use these processes in both two-dimensional and three-dimensional formats. I am concerned with the way in which these thought-to-be constricting, decorative, and somewhat antiquated practices can be used in an expressive and unexpected way. The need to control chaotic situations and other issues concerning my own emotionality continue to crop up in my work. I am a very anxious person, constantly internalizing my experiences. I place a premium on my personal growth and development, and I want my artwork to reflect this internal process.
I feel strongly that my work must always remain in the tension between craft and fine art, never settling on one interpretation or formula for merging these contexts. Both the traditions of painting and drawing influence the way I approach fiber materials. However needlework has its own cultural and historical contexts, and I recognize that part of what makes something a craft is that it does not necessarily need to be cerebral in its content. In many ways I am a crafter, too; I create what I create purely because I love it and it is congruent with who I am as a maker. My hope is simply that others are able to emotionally connect to my works and to enjoy them aesthetically.