Family Heirloom

The premise of my art is to understand why trauma and violence experienced in one generation affects subsequent generations. Why pathways that lead to the replication of patterns of violence as well, those that interrupt these patterns? My interest in intergenerational transmission of trauma and violence developed out of my focus of my own family history. As I create, I’m actively exploring and understanding my behavior within the context of my family and making sense of my past and recreating my narrative of past experiences in hope to interrupt patterns and cycles. I create quilts because they visually represent the history and patterns that are passed down from generation to generation. I intentionally interrupt the quilt patterns with house hold objects or misaligning the patterns to manifest my hope to break apart from family patterns of trauma.

Relation
2019
mix media on quilted canvas
52 1/2 x 38 1/2 in
Calling
2020
music by Maria Hulthen Birkeland
Resurrection
2020
inkjet print
14 x 14 in
Seasoned Part 2
2020
mix media on latex mold of a quilt
36 x 36 in
Constraint
2020
mix media on handsewn homemade paper
Misplace
2020
rabbit pelt on quilt
Singe
2020
latex on quilted canvas
12 x 12 in
Seasoned Part 1
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