MFA ’23 Fine Arts Low-Residency
The influences that come from my cultural identity flow through my work. They have provided resources for me in the form of philosophical concepts that I’ve gathered to make meaning and metaphors that I use in my life and my work. I have always been interested in how identity is formed and fused into a tightly woven construct. Processes that I use that relate to this point are collaging of fragments, weaving, pinning and draping. I use these to construct, deconstruct, reconfigure and reconstruct raw materials or materials that may have already been used in prior works.
An overarching visual framework I use in my work is the grid, joining the continued quest to create order out of chaos through this construct. It is through the compartments within a grid and the inherent connectivity in the grid that I am interested in visually understanding the duality of both perceived separation and the interconnectedness of all things.
I use material as a metaphor for the interconnecting of this grid and the relationships we have to each other through materials with weave, crochet and stitch as an act of mending this. My creation of nets and the use of threads and imagery sewn together is my attempt to make sense of this interconnectedness on a macroscopic scale. I attempt to recognize our collective unity in my work.