In my work, I’m thinking about the contrast of the wildness of all life with its inherent vulnerability. Those elements found within each of us, and also in every living aspect of the larger world. In this way I’m looking at the cracks where wildness gets in, where the force of nature takes over. I’m looking to express the idea of a powerful life force. I’ve found that natural fibers such as linen, wool and silk can evoke a wild, strong, instinctual nature when used with that intention.
When wrapping the silk with leaves, when submerging and leaving it in the waterways, I try to work quickly and not think too much about what I’m doing. By working at keeping quiet, I’m hoping to give the places themselves time and an opportunity to leave their own message in the cloth. The work makes the idea of ritual come to mind. The pieces catapult me into another time, an ancient era at the origin of everything.