is an American artist. She studied Fashion Design at International Academy of Design & Technology in Chicago and Fiber at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. She uses the body to investigate the ideas of morality, mourning and mortification. She looks towards costume history, traditional Catholic rituals and themes in 19th century literature to feed her obsession with transformation, reconciliation and communication through dress.
Her making focuses on feminine objects and materials. Lace, veils, undergarments and hair adornment speak not only of womanhood, but also of the duality of human nature. Lace speaks of purity and sexuality, it reveals and conceals, it is humble, yet gluttonous in its ornamental overindulgence; lace is the ultimate dichotomy. She uses it as a potent symbol to represent the duality of body and soul, right and wrong, good and evil. Historically, neglected, disheveled and unbound hair was a sign of mourning and penance, a physical representation of one’s sin and sorrow. In her work, hair comes to represent an uncomfortable binding of one’s self to one’s alter ego, while helping to serve as an act of penance and mortification.
As she makes, her hands hopelessly yearn to create beauty from burdens; the repetitive and penitential process of stitching creates a metaphor for her longing towards perfection and purification.
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