The enduring process of lost and found memories as well as themes of known and unknown inheritance inform my practice. My work is universally driven, however, it is also autobiographical. Intrigued by Louise Bourgeois’ autobiographical installations, and Ana Mendieta’s work dealing with place and belonging, I portray the illusive quality of memory in a search for identity. Broadening my practice are interests in genealogical research, philosophy, DNA studies, and the brain’s illusive memory structure. These curiosities along with the subject of free will intrigue me. Especially when considering studies of twins separated at birth – reared in different environments their lives parallel one another.
Conveyed through installations and two-dimensional pieces I examine and map the dust that carries us through life by using materials such as childhood dresses, maps, wax, and branches. The dresses mostly represent destiny, while maps are a connection to place, earth, and nature. Beeswax was introduced in my practice when in our backyard I found an enormous beehive with protruding branches. Fallen from a tree and rested on the ground with a flurry of activity, the cycle of life, or memory, within its golden walls captured my interest.
There is an undercurrent of great meaning for me as I work with my materials to create work that is universal. Yet it is also introspective as I ponder the influence my legacy has on who I am today. In each instance memory continues to reveal its quiet potency and its pervasive authority.