My work investigates the relationship between people, objects of display and the interior spaces where they interact. In an effort to describe ourselves, we adorn our personal spaces and develop an image of self through the contents we choose to display in a room. The presentation of these objects helps fabricate an image of the occupant and becomes a depiction of self-narrative. The relationship between the object and its possessor becomes entangled; the memory of the self becomes replaced by the memory of the object and leaves one to question which is ultimately the curiosity? On an intimate level, we are comforted by the objects that we choose to live with, and on a public level, we represent ourselves through the fabricated images we share with others.
The materials used in my work are overlooked, ephemeral and are considered to have little or no value. As I apply my experience with craft to materials commonly dismissed as disposable, these materials lose their insignificance, suggest the elegance of others and appear to be ready-made. Corrugated cardboard, paper and ink are used in various printmaking processes that create a manicured surface that helps transform these trophies or totems from common utility to objects of desire. The surface and form of these objects have separate histories, but come together to have a combined existence in the context of this display. By relying on the power of the original, the representation assumes that character or value through this process of mimesis.
Sentimentality develops into a need or desire that must be sustained or reinforced by the presence of objects. My work questions what we cherish more, the image of the object, the idea of the experience or the object itself? I believe that this desire can be satisfied through multiple sources, but how one displays or expresses this satisfaction is what my work explores.