Visual textures and merchandise bewitch me. From packed fashionable closets to the expensive technology glued to our hands, our cultural identity becomes eternally linked to the items we amass and hide in. I am interested in how the time spent looking at digitally manipulated versions of physical reality and an online ordering culture has impacted our understanding of the tangible, the historic, the archival, and the body.
My use of handcrafted knits, one-of-a-kind remnants, combined with fashion textiles and sleek photographs speak to issues of class and labor. The sewn elements reference craft, “women’s work,” Southern customs, and the maker movement. Meanwhile, the printed aspects refer to traditional and new digital photographic processes. The texture of my photographic tapestries simultaneously invites touch and evades an understanding of space and depth. By engaging and melding Southern traditions of quilt-making, embroidery and photography I wish to build upon their histories and incorporate a tradition of my own.
I grew up in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. I received my Bachelors from Barnard College at Columbia University in New York City and earned a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD. I went on to receive a Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2013. Before returning to the South, I returned to New York City for several years where I worked in a fashion design studio and for an architecture firm. I have experience teaching art and design to a wide range of students as well as doing freelance work in the Photography, Fashion and Publishing. I have exhibited in galleries across the Southeast, live in Atlanta, and currently work as an Adjunct Professor of Photography, Art Appreciation, and Design at Georgia Gwinnett College and Georgia Military College.