Shaped by constraints of time and space, I am interested in the cumulative nature of small-scale makings. Moving through drawing, sewing and writing, I incorporate imagery drawn from the ordinary details of a woman’s daily life into my work. I seek to elevate the menial labor that makes up a mother’s world, creating permanent works of those endless, repetitive tasks.
The stories I write follow the ways in which we intimately inhabit the city and the manner in which we interact with the environment. Working with fabric and thread, I design and hand-sew constructs that shape the everyday into a more refined and useful world, facilitating the relationship between the practicalities of a working mother and a desire for beauty. In pen and ink, I take the objects we encounter in the course of our ordinary lives and immortalize those interactions into lasting images and landscapes. I work in the interstitial moments found between job site meetings, folding the laundry and packing school lunches.
Marie Darrieussecq, in her biography of the artist Paula M. Becker, paints us a picture of a woman torn between an overwhelming urge to create and the domesticity of marriage. “La routine, la cuisine. La matérialité des choses. La lumière du matin sur le carnet. Le mélancolique roti,” writes Darrieussecq, as she describes the conflict between veal roast for dinner and the morning light as it falls across her sketchbook. Like the literary heroines of domestic ambivalence, as coined by Kimberly Brooks in her article “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Mom”, the tension between the need to create and the demands of parenthood is where my work exists. Defined by the physical space within which it is created, namely the dining room table, I work to remind us that the art of creation can be found in fragments of stolen time. Impossible to separate the immediacy of the world surrounding me from my work, the view of the artist as solo creator, siloed in his ivory tower, is an image we might safely confine to the past. Like artists whose life is as much a work of art as his/her art itself, my work is inextricably tied to my life as an immigrant, a practicing architect, a woman and a mother.