In the beginning of the pandemic I had been spending the majority of time at home, rarely leaving the house or traveling. This led me to increasingly think about how we comfort and protect ourselves.
The materials are predominantly repurposed because of the scarcity of supplies, delays in shipping and supply chain issues. Fiber-based work became important nationally as people were restricted to their homes and sewing masks became a form of collective effort in a time of uncertainty.
Thoughts of internal and external became prevalent regarding our bodies as well as our homes. There were a number of severe storms that came through Dixie Alley causing damage to houses. This left families vulnerable without shelter forcing them to live more publicly. The issues were met with temporary shelters; tarps were used to patch physical damage. When galleries were closed, the function of the objects I made became a higher priority so the woven pieces are made to be used in everyday life to protect the body.
2021, 24″ x 47 x 48,” wood, hardware, handwoven cotton, acrylic, wool
Only Fragmentary Reminders, 2021, 92″ x 70″ x .25,” handwoven cotton and various fibers
This piece is living fabric that functions as a wall hanging and rug. It continues to grow through additions of found fibers: loom waste, broken blind cord, shopping bag handles, shoelaces, remnant yarn and excess thread from hems.
A Temporary Fix in Progress, 2021, 80″ x 112″ x .5,” cast handmade cotton paper, hardware
Installation/Deinstallation. The history of the gallery walls are visible through the layers of spackle, paint and holes. Placement of the cast house siding both highlights and hides the labor from previous exhibited work.