Artist Statement

 

Behind every shoe is a story, a history of where you have been and where you are going. For over 25 years I have been repurposing all of my shoes to make artwork. More recently, I have shifted my practice to larger scale assemblages and installations that utilize humble utilitarian objects and recycle numerous shoes, instead of creating individual shoe-sculptures. My artwork from my If Shoes Could Talk Project emphasizes the passage of time, documents steps, and takes a new form as life continues to change and be dynamic.  By repurposing common objects, using mixed media my artwork seeks to find an alliance between people rather than emphasize the individual or particular.

Simultaneously, I am making two-dimensional works on canvas that also use disparate materials to explore the boundless potential of intermixing several methods of artistry, including hand painting, drawing, photography, collage, computer design, and digital printing. These works have multilayered qualities commenting on daily existence, environments and spaces during a time where society has become codependent on technology. It comments on the intolerance and autocrats on the rise across the globe, and it questions the omnipresence of technology and social media which dissipates people’s free time and inner life.  The pieces speak to being present, mindful, valuing the use of ones hands by combining traditional fine art and craft techniques without completely rejecting the use of technology, nor solely relying on it. 

My artwork seeks to find the common ground that binds human beings together as one.

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