Family Heirloom

 My work is an arena to both investigate and reconcile chronic mental and physical illness in family experience. I depict these difficult relationships through both household materials and personal narratives. In a world of surgical and diagnostic protocols the work is an attempt to juxtapose feelings of both trauma and restoration in that narrative of health. From piece to piece; fabric changes physical states, their wounds are opened and repaired by stitching.

In the process of making, I use quilting, fabric, and themes of domesticity to use as a metaphor for the tormenting and healing. Fabric’s original purpose is to cloth, embellish and protect. In my hands I tear, dissect, cut, and collage fabric to change its meaning. Fabric in this work invokes feelings of a lack of empathy, lies, deterioration and abuse. In doing this, I imply the loss of familiarity of a loved one. 

There is not one definition of illness, nor is there one way to experience it. Through my narrative, I want to unveil those complexities of chronic illness through my process of creating and destroying. By doing this, I take back the power lost by chronic illness, social context, and the mechanics of the healthcare system.

Relation
2019
mix media on quilted canvas
52 1/2 x 38 1/2 in
Seasoned
2019
mix media on quilted canvas
36 x 36 in
Embodiment
2019
mix media on quilted canvas
20 x 19 1/2 in
Extracted
2019
mix media on quilted canvas
36 x 36 in
Unfamiliarity
2019
mix media on quilted canvas
32 x 29 in
All at Once
2019
mix media on quilted canvas
24 x 24 in