I am fascinated by the transformative property of language. My thoughts are spoken in my mother tongue, but my voice speaks in English. I often wonder how clearly my meaning comes across. This insecurity is bound in language, and my art is about breaking down those boundaries. When I create a work of art, its meaning is open to interpretation, but my audience gains insight to a small piece of what is happening in my head. We get to share an experience.
In my studio, I combine traditional handwork, found objects, abandoned textiles, and discarded data to reference human history, language, tradition, and culture through my own perspective. By collecting these devalued and often unwanted items and transforming them into new materials, my art demonstrates the life cycle and metamorphic possibilities of everyday objects.
I cherish the history of each item in my work and allow the materials to directly influence and guide my creative process. My art is inherently participatory, from the people who donate materials to the audiences who interact with my finished creations. I am enchanted by the language of art and its ability to transcend traditional communication. This language is founded in each item's history and in the emotional response my participants experience witnessing the material's transformation.
The dominant voices in textile art tend to be two-dimensional, but my work pushes the boundaries into multidimensional installations. My new body of work deals with grief, sorrow, rituals of healing and dealing with loss, communication, and ways communities transform their pain into positivity. By giving new life to old and unwanted materials, my art aims to bridge the divide between different cultural and social experiences. I want to create a universal language that mediates the inherent differences we feel from one another--whether these differences be of race, social class, nationality, gender, sexuality, or political identity.