My work draws upon the mind-matter phenomenon, exploring our memory, perception and bodily sensations. The primary medium in my work is human hair, a material that is intimately corporeal, tactile, and focuses the viewer’s attention on the body. Hair is also an especially appropriate symbol of remembrance, since it doesn’t decay until long after death.
Each strand of my own hair is hand knotted or woven into forms to create intricate sculptures. The woven hair resembles fine nets or webs, allowing the viewer to see through the strands, giving the work a delicate transparency. Some of the forms represent ineffable thoughts, and memories, as seen in my video and performance. Also, I weave strands of hair into weightless sculptures and installations that move as the result of airflow in the room and respond to the viewer’s movement. These small movements in space, on an intricate scale, shift the viewer’s awareness of their surroundings and introduce subtle perceptions that are often taken for granted.
In my two-dimensional works, individual strands of hair are placed within layers of acrylic medium and beeswax. Pared down to their most reductive elements, these works provide a space where structure fades away into the painted ether, representing thoughts dissolving or surfacing between states of the conscious and subconscious mind.