Creating abstract patterns is my way of dealing with life’s ambiguities and uncertainties. I create complex, vibrant, quilt-inspired wall sculptures from wooden debris collected after natural disasters, such as hurricanes, fires and floods. It was in 2013, that I learned how quickly home and community can be destroyed. My life was forever changed after Hurricane Sandy devasted my home and my parents’ house (my childhood home). My takeaway from this storm left me more compassionate, empathetic and acutely aware of how life altering an unexpected change can be. 

 

I believe that material has memory and can remind us of times long gone. My work includes material like kitchen cabinets, dresser drawers, cedar siding; cut up and rearranged. The paint color is as I found it, because retouching its surface would alter its memory and change its recognizable marks that chart the passage of time. These marks are vital reminders of a once lived life.

Although I use materials and tools to create my work that are quite different from those used by traditional quilters, our finished work share similarities: An object of beauty and comfort that began as discarded scraps made meaningful by piecing together into an unchaotic whole. 

Artist Statement

Creating abstract patterns is my way of dealing with life’s ambiguities and uncertainties. I create complex, vibrant, quilt-inspired wall sculptures from wooden debris collected after natural disasters, such as hurricanes, fires and floods. It was in 2013, that I learned how quickly home and community can be destroyed. My life was forever changed after Hurricane Sandy devasted my home and my parents’ house (my childhood home). My takeaway from this storm left me more compassionate, empathetic and acutely aware of how life altering an unexpected change can be. 

 

I believe that material has memory and can remind us of times long gone. My work includes material like kitchen cabinets, dresser drawers, cedar siding; cut up and rearranged. The paint color is as I found it, because retouching its surface would alter its memory and change its recognizable marks that chart the passage of time. These marks are vital reminders of a once lived life.

Although I use materials and tools to create my work that are quite different from those used by traditional quilters, our finished work share similarities: An object of beauty and comfort that began as discarded scraps made meaningful by piecing together into an unchaotic whole.