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Material Change

This new body of work reflects the shift in my daily environment, from corporate office to artist’s studio. I have been reflecting on my role as a consumer in our world of mass production. My aim is to slow down the process by recycling materials, using them as new media and tools. I incorporate items castoff from my former life as a fashion designer, including repurposed denim. 

Additionally, I have put aside traditional applications and techniques, and developed my own. On paper I thoughtfully place multiple layers of color over printed dots that I have transferred from bubble wrap. On denim I reverse the action by discharging color — meticulously removing layers. The work is a juxtaposition of past and present. I continue to include elements of pointillism, but have moved away from pixelated, digital-inspired images and figurative work to a more abstract place.

Key themes from my past work remain present, but global economic stewardship has become an essential part of my work. I am obsessed with how I, as an artist, can contribute to a healthy cultural ecosystem. My goal is to reconcile the economic prosperity of our fast fashion/digital age with the environmental impact, by finding ways to reuse materials and continue the important global dialogue around sustainability in all creative fields.