My work explores the way we we inhabit shelter and interact with the land and each other. The structures and materials of textiles, primitive dwellings, and fencing influence my visual language. Like the building process, the paintings develop through stacking, weaving, and assembling simple forms.
The textures and patterns in my work suggest familiar spaces that not only cover our bodies but also connect our souls. Recently, I have been considering the permeability of the protective structures we build, comparing perceptions of security and comfort with effects of exclusion and insulation.
I make paint from rocks and clays gathered near my home, constructing a painted sanctuary alive with the witness of the land.
I grew up in Nashville, Tennessee, but have lived in Chattanooga since 2008, shortly after graduating from Freed-Hardeman University with a BA in Art and Spanish. In 2011, I started gathering and using earth pigments in my paintings in order to learn more about the history and material of paint, and to be more connected to the land. I am a facilitator for the public art organization Mark Making.