My work explores the passage of time and lingering memory of the present. I find beauty in ephemeral “found” cloth. I am drawn to the ability of cloth to reveal, hide, obscure and protect. In the Bed Series, images of the unmade bed – one third of our lives spent with that piece of furniture - from birth, sleep, love, illness and death – reveal a body just there. In the Cloth in the Landscape Series, photographs of protected cloth-draped buildings under construction become metaphors for existence and memory, alluding to bones and skin. Images of once cherished linens hint to history and memory of those passed, becoming small landscapes as they stack in layers in the Strata Series. And the accidental marks and folds on a painter’s drop cloth, laid to protect the ground, fall leaves scattered on the surface, create intimate and abstract still lifes in the Groundcover Series. All of these images take on new meaning and significance as I navigate the surfaces. In the earlier Stitched Figures Series, photographs of statues frozen in stone, from museums, historic sites, and cemeteries are densely hand quilted, each piece quietly taking its own shape as the threads are gently drawn and pulled through the cloth.

Merging domestic textile practices and contemporary technology, the found cloth images are printed onto prepared silk with a wide format printer and archival inks and detailed sections are collaged and stitched onto the cloth, referencing earlier domestic practices of mending and repair. I carefully investigate the colors and patterns in the images and utilize embroidery and quilting stitches to slowly activate the surface, creating shadows and textures, alluding to the marking of time.