Artist Statement

Much of my work reflects my interest in the lives of women and issues that pertain to them. Inspired by my desire to draw attention to the empowerment of women, I have been using female imagery, or symbols, in an attempt to allow the viewer to relate in his/her own personal way without actually focusing on particular issues. Because the image in each piece is subtle, she clearly could represent a woman of any time period anywhere in the world. My goal is to reach people by conveying an image that may allow them to conjure up memory of someone in particular or to draw their attention to broader women’s issues. Ultimately, I'm also trying to convey the strength of women over time and space.

At one time quilts were my medium of choice because they exemplify women’s work historically. In addition, I incorporated yarn that I spun from wool and silk, also exemplary of women’s traditional work. Later I began to include woven elements into my quilted works. My more recent work has eliminated the quilted component completely and I am now focused on the woven piece, still woven primarily from hand spun wool. I believe that utilizing traditional techniques in a contemporary way helps to draw attention to the lives of women. On a more personal level, it gives me a sense of continuity with other women – historically and globally.