I am interested in intersections of natural and man-made materials, coming together to create objects that speak of the feminine body and repetitive practices. Im letting my intuition guide me in the creation of these objects and the materials needed to continue expanding on my practice.
For the last few months Ive been exploring the material potential of repurposed bike tubes. It began with the material and its place within both cycling communities and the larger culture. Its a material I saw being thrown out because there were no viable options for long term recycling. Its a material with a loaded history, full of the colonization of bodies, of trade and industry. It then became the tubes as an art materialblack, elastic, with a velvety (from the talc powder) sheen. Theyre tactile and when I use them as a (specifically textile) material, I find the majority of viewers want to interact instantly. This got me thinking about the potential energy within the tubes and how to better utilize it. I began stripping them into smaller and smaller strips, until I have what would be considered a kind of thread (versus the ¾ yarn I was initially making). This exponentially increased the tubes elasticity, however it also increased its delicacy. This delicacy, while reinforcing the referential nature of the textiles I was making, didnt distance the tubes from their materiality. Instead it read as leather, or as a kind of fashion accessory, and so I began translating the tubes into print. Printing on first fabric, then wall paper, allowed me to work rapidly in larger scales. I was able to begin thinking about architecture and the way woven/faux woven structures can create interventions into the surrounding environment. I followed my intuition, testing and manipulating structures and printing techniques. Ive ended up with a collection of yardage thats ever increasing. From it has stemmed furniture objects that skirt the line between art and design and mini-environments that speak to Victorianism and queer subcultures.
This work is still evolving. I have no idea where I'm headed and that's exciting. I'll continue updating the Graduate School portfolio as the work progresses.