In response to my daily personal experiences with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, which affects the body’s ability to produce collagen, and a tendency toward the macabre, I create haunting and nostalgic work based on medical studies. After my diagnosis, I became enthralled by medical abnormalities and the human skeletal structure. Ehlers-Danlos is considered an invisible illness, as it is nearly unnoticeable at a glance. Day-to-day struggles are like a secret, allowing me to reveal pain and vulnerability slowly over time. I find a certain romance in the timely process of unveiling a mystery, medical or otherwise.
The order in which I employ organic materials and techniques such as felting, sewing, weaving, and natural dyeing creates a final piece that bears evidence of the time spent creating it, while blurring the lines between separate materials that construct the overall piece. Like writing love letters to the human body, I utilize lengthy, hands-on methods and natural materials as a romantic act that captures the beauty in struggle. Spending hours on a single three-inch component embeds a piece myself in the work. I care deeply about the abnormalities, visible or hidden, that may isolate us from others and it is with this care and exposure of my own truth that I put work out into the world. In doing so, I open up the opportunity for viewers to create their own intimate connections with each piece. Like that little split-second of eye contact from across the room, my work shares secrets with the viewer in quiet moments of understanding.