In my work, I explore themes of traditional American domesticity, heterosexual gender roles, and the presence of domestic violence and abuse towards women. Through powerful imagery and an emphasis on materials, I create narratives that traverse these concepts. My sculptural work often focuses on the collection of objects from my community that embody a history of abuse and violence. My prints incorporate imagery both pulled from Good Housekeeping Magazines from the 1940’s and original imagery I create based on personal narratives. I am drawn to these types of illustrations as representative of the gender roles I witnessed growing up in my household, and as images that enforce the ideal docile, care taking woman, submissive to a detached, powerful man. Research shows that these expectations allow the existence of violence in traditional relationships.
I use tactile materials such as wax, soil, cheesecloth, suture, and plaster to manipulate the objects I collect. Examples of collected items include a pair of underwear from a non-consensual sexual experience and a threatening note left on a windshield. I find that through my materials, I can transform an object to elicit the harrowing emotions often experienced by the owner. Plaster is heavy, it encapsulates and suffocates whatever is inside of it, suture is stiff and invasive, it forcefully binds material together. Through my work I aim to not only embrace the community of women impacted by these experiences, but to also offer a conduit of emotion as a bridge between the greater audience and these individuals.