I'm an artist working primarily in fibers (lace, embroidery, etc) and drawing. I also teach at the School of Visual Arts in NYC, in the Visual & Critical Studies department.

 

 

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I'm an artist working in fibers and watercolors. I'm interested in craft, decoration, beauty, and story-telling, among other things. 

From 1997-2012, I primarily worked in watercolors, producing drawings and books that had tiny, hand-written texts incorporated into them and that featured an ever-changing cast of talkative girls. From 2013-present, I've been focusing on fiber works, and incorporating this imagery into that medium. I'm self-taught in yarn spinning, weaving, knitting, sewing, and various lace-making techniques, having immersed myself in this field from 2012-2014. 

My most recent works incorporate two forms of lacemaking, both of which rely upon a sewing machine and water-soluble paper. In my "red work" pieces, I utilize cutwork embroidery - a traditional craft. In my more straightforward lace pieces, I use a combination of a digital sewing machine and a regular sewing machine to build up stitches until the piece is able to exist without use of any kind of stabilizer behind the thread.

In my work, I like to explore the tension that exists between my interior world and the exterior one. I incorporate personal stories and observations along with commentary about current events (both personal and ones that make it to the news). They depict a "chorus" of young girls, all of whom I see as being an extension of myself and as representations of the many voices I have inside of me; as such I consider my work to be an ongoing exploration of self-portraiture. These girls give voice to my thoughts and are often depicted in scenarios inspired by experiences from my life.

My work has been included in solo exhibitions at a variety of places, including BravinLee programs, the Hunterdon Museum, and Bellwether gallery. I've been included in group exhibitions at PS1/MOMA, The Drawing Center, the Pera Museum (Istanbul), Josee Bienvenue Gallery, and the Grolier Club. 

I received my BFA from the School of Visual Arts in 1995 and my MFA from Yale University in 1997. I teach drawing, art history, critical theory, and fiber arts at the School of Visual Arts, mostly in the Visual & Critical Studies program.

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I live in the Lincoln Park section of Jersey City, with my husband Jeff and our dog Oscar. (The picture of our living room posted above features our beloved cat Squinky, who passed away a few years ago. RIP, Squinks.) In 2018, thanks in part to a grant from the NJ State Council of the Arts, I was able to afford to move my art studio to Mana Contemporary - a sprawling art complex in the Journal Square area of Jersey City. So I now divide my time between the West Side/JSQ areas, and NYC. 

I have been occasionally known to make "crafts" inspired by NJ politics. I occasionally write about art/aesthetics and the NJ political landscape for NJ Globe. I also spin yarn, weave blankets, and make things constantly, always.