Advanced Fiber Studio (Highlights)
My work addresses social and political issues such as the perils of the food industry, alternative energy, and the benefits of community relationships.
I work with everyday materials such as dirt, recycled clothes, yarn, glass, and wood, along with makeshift technology and processes to create small machines and sculptural components to performances. I am interested in the challenge of working with mechanisms outside of my knowledge or skill base because I enjoy the freedom that comes with playing around in a field. This play allows me to work free of the pressure to become an expert. Therefore, I am interested in the idea of making through a process of tinkering and gathering bits of how-to knowledge from different sources available on the internet and in science kits.
My pieces are often interactive, and it is important that the development of my work be easily understandable. I will frequently expose how my pieces are put together or leave the wiring revealed to encourage the viewer to comprehend my passion for the process. By using amateurism as a vehicle, I am able to discuss social and political issues with my audience without claiming an undeserved authority.