My work is rooted in my history of growing up on a farm, with a family who valued
and practiced domestic arts: sewing, knitting, painting, embroidery, cooking, decorating. It a comes out of a will to beauty; and an interest in engaging viewers, and my surroundings.
I often use domestic and found objects to make paintings, photographs, and sculptures. For example, I used bowls, sieves, funnels, and other domestic items as molds for large scale paper pulp lengths of 'beads'. Seeking more durable materials, I started working with ceramics, and make 4-5' long strands of bead necklaces as wall hangings. I referred to knitting patterns, and used metal heating elements, and pie plates to make paintings. I used natural forms to make models for architectural follies, and designed a tool shed for a community garden. My photograms use coffee filter baskets, campfire toasters, chicken feeders, rug beaters, pie plates, stove parts, etc. as templates to create imagery
I use the ideas, methods, and materials of domestic arts to intervene in my surroundings, express and reflect my observations and experiences.