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Artist Statement

Picture from my studio during my undergrad summer research. 2018.

Picture from my studio during my undergrad summer research. 2018.

My work is enveloped by the sensation of play. Engrossed in a warm sense of nostalgia, I am drawn to brightly colored materials reminiscent of costumes and toys from my childhood. Creature like shapes reignite a sense of wonder when trying to figure out what exactly they are and how to place them in our memories. Reconnecting to these memories is an act of imagination. Imagination is alive in our childhood yet dissipates as we grow older. To rekindle that sense of imagination I create objects of play. I materialize these objects through patternless sewing. Using soft textiles I invite the viewer to reconnect to their sense of childhood curiosity and create the space for the feeling of wonder. My work comes to life during moments of interaction when the viewer touches these objects of play as a way to better understand them. The viewer is able to touch my work as a means to investigate these questions: When do we allow ourselves to play and how does that change as we grow older? What is the difference between play and pleasure? What does it mean to touch something as a way to better understand it? How do we ask to touch?