In my work, I seek to disrupt the flood of daily distractions with moments of silence and solace. I love the process of slow-looking and developing layered, nuanced surfaces as a form of active contemplation. The restorative, embodying aspects of blending tactile fiber materials are also central to my practice. Starting with felting, weaving or vintage fabrics as a canvas, I build imagery that remains two-dimensional but textured, with a painterly touch. At times I use antique materials, like kerchiefs from my grandmother, as an act of remembrance of the women who employed these textiles.
I strive to convey an authentic experience of beauty in daily life and evoke the tenderness and sacramental qualities of domestic and familial rituals. My artwork focuses on family scenes, room interiors and still life to create intimate views into one’s interior life. Inspirations include the Nabis group and Mary Cassatt, Kaylan Buteyn's "Artist/Mother" podcast and the growth of sustainable small batch wool. The writings of Jacques Maritain, Thomas Merton and Flannery O'Connor on Catholic faith and art have also shaped my approach to art-making.
Through subjects like weathered chairs or fleeting moments of parenthood, my work hints at the interplay of absence and presence, memory and experience in fundamental human relationships.
Portrait of the Artist, 9 months pregnant
Courtesy of Jonathan Patrowicz