Being an artist…
Rilke says it best:
“I know no advice for you save this: to go into yourself and test the deeps in which your life takes rise; at it’s source you will find the answer to the question whether you must create. Accept it, just as it sounds, without inquiring into it. Perhaps it will turn out that you are called to be an artist. Then take that destiny upon yourself and bear it, its burden and greatness, without ever asking what recompense might come from outside. For the creator must be a world for himself and find everything in himself and in Nature to whom he has attached himself.”
I am an interdisciplinary visual artist having found my home in the realms of textiles, printmaking, and digital art. The collected works on this site represent my immersions in these mediums. My affinity to textiles led me into the world of fashion early on, a love for art took me back to school at the University of Washington Seattle, where I received my B.A. in Interdisciplinary Visual Arts, and M.A. in Cultural Studies.
Printmaking and textiles, inscrutable and self-determining, give to the artistic process nearly as much as the artist; one never knows what impressions one is going to get. What started as an exploration of a medium and mark making, has led to the development of narratives based around the themes that drive me. The stillness of autumn mornings, the colorful noise of spring, and amidst it all, the joy of work, all begin to find an expression through these wonderful and inimitable vehicles. The accompanying images offer a glimpse into my trajectory as an artist. The trees, represented up close, are a reflection of my surroundings and the beautiful Pacific region I call home. The gloves are from a debris memoir that started as a record of something mundane but morphed into a much more personal piece of work that echoes trials, challenges and thought processes of generations of women before me. My studies in the field of Cultural Studies brought forth other thematic dimensions to my work. The quilt featured here touches upon human migrations, subsequent displacement, labor, gender, resistance, global feminisms, race, identity, and the threads that bind these factors in our consumption saturated world.