Transcend, hand dyed silk, linen, cotton fabrics, silk and cotton
thread, March 2015
What something is is not relevant when it matters that
something be defined in one way. Our
society depends upon arbitrary categories as a way to define power; demarcate
boundaries and normalcy; allocate who has and who has not. Categories mark the acceptable and attempt to
force the constant change of reality into knowable bounds.
In a universe of infinite possibilities, everything is
possible and always changing. Compare
any two objects or beings: you always will
be able to identify seemingly significant similarities – and seemingly
Within the monochromatic surface of Transcend are a myriad of textures and color variegations. No two surfaces are exactly alike or
dissimilar. Yet together the disparate
surfaces form a unified structure.
Within the structure lies a common heart. Are we more alike? Or more different? Or are we all unique elements born from and inextricably
bound within a greater whole?
Inspired by elements of the Abstract Expressionist
movement, the pieces I create from fabric and elemental fibers including wool,
silk, and steel wool explore how textiles can create tactile spaces in time:
both marking boundaries and creating linkages; and providing a temporary gap
within which to reflect on the possibilities of the next moment in which
anything might happen.