My intention in making art is to experiment with wearable forms to depict female characters and archetypes, and to explore emotions, obsessions, and ideas of women. Taking self-portrait photographs allows explorations of the individual, the ego, and what is underneath appearances. Visually, I’m interested in a vocabulary that expresses the powerful, dark, and “beautiful.”
I grew up with a strong, extroverted mother and older sister, and my visual art grows out of that experience. My photographic inﬂuences are Diane Arbus, Pierre and Gilles, fashion photography, and ﬁlms from the 1940s to ’60s. From art historical movements, I feel the most kinship with nineteenth-century Decadents. Decadent writers and artists such as Joris-Karl Huysmans, Charles Baudelaire, and Aubrey Beardsley used elaborate style and taboo subjects—femmes fatales, death, the “perverse”—to oppose convention. I want to investigate their themes from my own, very different, perspective.
The media in which I work are ﬁber art, costume design, and photography. I experiment with materials using simple tools such as needles or hooks. But, I also use machines such as a sewing machine, a digital camera, and a computer for speed and polish.