I approach each project as the design of an experience. Experiences have different textures: they can be long, short, thought-provoking, excruciating, inspiring or passive. In each project I consider how to challenge viewers to become active participants in the project, whether it is a 2D work hanging on a wall, a computer screen, or a more immersive installation. I am interested in fostering engagement rather than passive consumption. If participants form a dialog (imaginatively, physically and/or mentally) with the project, the project will reciprocate (in its own way) in an effort to nudge the participant to converse more, formulating a unique reiterative experience.
The media and techniques chosen for each project are specific. They are chosen for their history, other uses, gendered connotations, generational significance, cultural associations and the complex context they contribute to the work. I am particularly drawn to sewing for its very feminine and docile murmurs and diametrically drawn to software, for its very masculine, and authoritative overtones. I often use one, if not both, in my work to leverage the power/privilege discourse associated with these media.
2013. Heat-fused plastic shopping bags and thread.
2011 -2013. Plastic shopping bags and thread.
2012. Series of 6 QR Codes and Custom Web Application. Cross-Stitched QR Code (Grandma), Hand-Quilted QR Code with Custom Cotton (Gram), Hand-Woven 1/8″ Ribbon QR Code (Mom), Hand-Embroidered Custom Silk (Me), Hand-Woven Beaded QR Code (Sis), Laser-Cut Felt (You).
2012. Set of 15 laser cut and engraved acrylic signs.
2012. Laser engraved wood game board. Wood and acrylic game bits.
2011 – 2012. Software (written with Processing) and Installation (3.5’ square white quilt, small table & stool, thread and thread rack, pins and pin cushion, acrylic 2D sewing machine, microphone, pedal, and projector).
2008 – 2012. Software, Print, Tote, Wallet and Set of 14 Trading Cards.
2008-2012. Sewn Recycled Plastic Bags.
2009. Multi-media dance performance. 20 minutes. In Collaboration between Nancy Lushington (Choreographer), Rob Dutiel (Set and Lighting Designer) and Rebecca Mushtare (Digital Media Designer).
2006. Series of 8 Lenticular Prints.
2006. Workbook, Installation, Performance, Crossword, Cyborg Buttons, Official Certification Cards, Cyborgeration (a cyborg version of Operation, the game)
2006. Hand woven cloth, video & animation. In collaboration with Matthew Frieburghaus.
2005. Installation. (Cotton Fabric, Wood, Concrete). In collaboration with Nick Durr, Aaron Silver and Sarah Howell.
2005. Installation, website, brochure, trading cards.
Collaboration with Maggie, Sarah, Katie and Stephen in conjunction with the LGBT Resource Center.
2005. Installation (Mannequin, Projection, Screen, Trading Cards)
2004. Installation (8′ x 8′ Baby Blanket with Interactive Toys, Micro-controller, Speakers).
2004. Software. Created with Macromedia Director.
2004. Installation (Handmade Paper, Sewn Fabric, 3 Sewing Machine Pedals, Micro-controller, Speakers, Projector)