ARTIST STATEMENT My practice investigates the repetitive processes of embroidery, knitting, digital image-making using Photoshop, and how they are similar in their use of mechanical systems. While embracing systematic processes and creating art as though I am a machine, I explore the dichotomy between fast-paced digital technologies and the time-consuming practices of cross-stitching, knitting, and other needlework. Repetitive actions have the ability to make the artist into a mindless machine. Similar to how our society can get lost in the daily consumption of digital technology, I mirror this obsession through my laborious approach to making art. My obsessive repetitive practice allows for mind-numbing escape, as well as deep exploration of the subconscious and a constant reminder of what makes me human.
I Come From a Long Line of Machines, the title of my MFA thesis and my exhibition for the Ranger Station Are Gallery includes works from my thesis exhibition, as well as new works that continue to explore approaches to making art using systemic processes similar to that of a programmed machine. The works for this exhibition were created using modes of systematic production, both digital and handmade, with an emphasis on laborious, time-consuming processes that illuminate the importance of patience, persistence, and hard work. Instead of becoming reliant on computers and other advanced technologies that are accelerating the speeds of production and consumption alike, I choose to look back to centuries old practices that have been passed down through generations of women. Slowing down my process reminds me of a simpler time, without the luxury of instant gratification, and allows for the appreciation of repetitive, consistent dedication, to ones craft. On the contrary, these obsessive laborious techniques connect to the ways in which our current society has become consumed and captivated by digital technologies.