My work is rooted in my history of growing up on a farm, with a family who valued
and practiced domestic arts: sewing, knitting, painting, embroidery, cooking, decorating. My artwork comes out of a will to beauty, and an interest in engaging viewers, and my surroundings.
I often use domestic and found objects in my paintings, photographs, and sculptures. For example, I used bowls, sieves, funnels, and other domestic items as molds to make paper pulp beads. Seeking more durable materials, I worked with ceramics, and made long ceramic necklaces.
I referred to knitting patterns, and use metal heating elements, and pie plates to make paintings. I used natural materials to make models for architectural follies, and designed a tool shed for a community garden in New York City. I used campfire toasters, chicken feeders, rug beaters, and similar domestic objects as templates to create imagery in my photograms. The photograms were printed with sunlight.
All this work is environmental - it responds to, and creates environments and spaces, using the ideas, methods, and materials of domestic arts.