I am intrigued by the act of creation as a human necessity and as a means of reconstructing our relationship to Nature.
Through my ongoing research into this act and this relationship, I have discovered the writings of eco-feminist philosopher Carolyn Merchant. She reminds us that, pre-Enlightenment, Nature was viewed as the benevolent mother of all things. It was the ‘dominion’ model of Scientific Revolution that replaced this perspective, rationalizing and dissecting Nature to reveal all her secrets. In having such secrets exposed, Nature became more vulnerable and, hence, easier to control.
My intention is to reclaim a pre-dominion relationship to the nurturing and life-giving presence of Mother Nature by respectfully creating work that underlines her beauty and spiritual potency.
Here, my studio becomes the space where I immerse myself in those materials that I collect through my connections with Nature, such as leaves, feathers, dirt and branches.
I marry these materials with my interest in working in a vein between artistic and artisanal – sewing, collaging, gathering, saving, collecting, recycling and patterning – emphasizing the functional as well as the aesthetic. These are all practices that are rooted in the heritage of the feminine.