Through language and geometric abstraction, I build and undermine existing systems of shapes, words, and numbers that appear to be stable but are shifting. My felt constructions were heavily influenced after meeting a master basket weaver who works in the tradition of Adirondack weaving. The weave is a natural fit for the felt, whose wool fiber is already agitated into an interlocking slab, allowing me to build and draw simultaneously. By stacking, weaving, looping, and embroidering the forms, I hope to evoke the dark, geometric mass of the forest.
My time-consumptive action of embroidery reflects family legacies. Embroidered samplers, traditionally lap work, engage questions of science happening in the furthest reaches of the universe. Using phrases taken from scientific reporting on the search for dark matter, I rearrange and anagram the phrases in Microsoft Word, letting the program’s formatting dictate the composition’s final form. I embroider these forms, using the threads as a means for redacting text and inviting altered imagery. I join the craft tradition of my ancestors to understand questions of scale, labor, time, and making meaning.