artist statement


My work is inspired by traditions of healing, superstition and witchcraft, and their intersection with women’s history: the ways women have used practices of folk medicine and conjure to gain a sense of power over oppressors, and the ways witch-hunts were used as a means of punishing and suppressing untraditional women. I create a visual lexicon of imagery, structures and components inspired by these traditions, and then create my own alchemy by transforming textiles and materials into objects of fantasy, mystery, and elemental power. I am interested in the processes of transmutation and change, and allow the unknown and the uncontrollable to determine my aesthetic and functional choices. Research and experimentation are important to my process as I delve into significant and symbolic materials and the natural world around me, and create fabrications that change over the passage of time: decay, grow, or preserve.