My mind is like an estuary. Just as the estuary is the meeting of the river and the ocean, the fresh water and salt, so are my ideas twisting together.
Constantly close behind my biologist father, I waded through water, fished, hunted and observed nature in its entirety. Frequently I was found scouring the ground and trees for abandoned nests, antlers, and any other odd remnants left behind. Not only was I an avid outdoorswoman, I also taught myself to sew at a very young age. Growing up on an estuary taught me the value of cycles and opposing forces meeting.
The Pacific Northwest is the backdrop of inspiration when making my work. Memories of mystery and intrigue of the outdoors fill my work. The experiences I gained are relayed by creating drawings, photographs, fabric collage and three-dimensional structures which are abstracted by my observations. Hand dyed and printed fabrics, along with machine and hand stitching, are used to express the textures and color palette based on the rain forest and coast line of the Pacific Northwest. In addition to fabric, I employ resources that would normally be discarded and transformed them into relics by the addition of embellishment or recreation. As I continue exploring my childhood memories I have started to create my own environment. Using found objects, and creating my own, these relics emerge from my memory. The collections I gathered as a child resided in forts or nests that I created for myself. Reawakening these ideas is what I long to create in my work. The ideas and imagination of a child refreshed and now created by the lens of adult experience.