Artist Statement
Within these works, I respond to questions related to work and the everyday.  My central questions are, “what is work?” and “what is our relationship to work?”  While we work for many different reasons, we have a specific cultural relationship to it given that we live in a work-based society.  Indeed, many of us have a variety of work responsibilities in addition to numerous personal responsibilities, which are in fact, work.  These responsibilities create structures that form our identities as well as providing hope, distraction and a bit of frustration.  

My practice involves moving fluidly between media to visually represent my investigations of marking, measuring and transcribing actions.  Just as I use a variety of media in my investigations, I look to minimalism and post-minimalism, feminism and to the reappropriation of ready-made objects.  Using the different –isms to pursue my work provides me with vocabularies, rules and histories.  Just as with verbal languages, these rules and vocabularies can be followed, played with, broken, bent, or ignored.  These various –isms also offer me a way of conversing with or responding to other artists.      

I find myself most attracted to materials that come from daily activities—ubiquitous materials that become invisible, forgotten or thrown away.  These materials tell a story of what we do.  I often use collecting as a means of examining or measuring daily activities.  At some point in the collecting, the act morphs into a love affair with the material; and most recently an examination of materials on an almost forensic level.  The use of these materials confronts their status through recontextualization.  Using the strategy of gestural repetition I create small systems of organization and measurement of congealed daily labors. In many ways, this is a small act in challenging the status of certain daily activities that are overlooked or ignored.  
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