My work reclaims the female body and bears witness to the spirit. A major throughline in my work is the wound or scar and the power of taking back the night by healing the scar. Creating works of beauty in brokenness is my highest act of resistance.
The sexual violence my mother and I each experienced in our lives led to a self-loathing of my body, cultivating the anorexia I struggled with as a young woman. Now, I stitch and draw as a journey towards wholeness, both for myself and for my mother’s memory.
I started to work with fiber installation
because I became attracted to working with light, reflective, transparent
fabrics because it reminds me of the permeable separation between the living
and the dead. In my current series “quilt suspensions,” I use a flat
felled seam technique with transparent fabric. I combine these ephemeral
materials with LED strip lighting and diffusion film as a proxy for my mother’s
spirit. The layers of pieced fabric are suspended over this light-spirit as a
shroud or mourning cloth. Inspired by Chinese funeral customs, the quilt
layers become burial blankets that are offered by the children of the deceased
and layered upon their loved ones.