“It is all a question of story…”

      -Thomas Berry

 

    The thing that we call the self is a culmination of all that we have experienced, and all that has been passed down to us. As we strive to be more ourselves, we are truly striving to be the best recombination of that which already existed. 

 

    Through my work I aim to address ideas of individuality, cultural inheritance, the transitivity of identity, the social frameworks that surround us, and the discomfort inherent in defining one’s idea of self within those frameworks. Primarily through processes of traditional fiber craft and contemporary digital fabrication, I draw connections between the ways in which craft processes and techniques of making are passed down through time, and similarly, the ways in which social expectation, morality, and ideas are passed to us through the environments in which we live.

 

    Materially, I am interested both in the thread and the textile for both their visual qualities and their almost universal familiarity. It is through this intimate familiarity that I find I can address ideas regarding the most intimate questions of self and upbringing, both those coming from within the domestic sphere and those in larger society. The processes of knitting and weaving, to me, symbolize the additive nature of the experiences of our lives conspiring to create a person. Each new stitch or pass of the shuttle being an event creating an end product that, while individual in its existence is built upon established frameworks and traditions. The textile then, becomes a stand-in for the self, and its ability to be folded, stretched, unravelled, stitched, all while remaining soft and malleable becomes symbolic of the transient and ever-changing nature of the self.

 

    I am a queer man who grew up Catholic, on the boundary of the Midwest and South, and spent much of my childhood with my mother, grandmother, and my parent's six sisters. As a result I am constantly interested in exploring the ways in which many disparate and at times opposing influences have shaped my own perception of self, as well as the ways in which my choice to work within the medium of fiber engages both the feminine influences on my life as well as my lived experience as a queer person. These experiences manifest themselves in my artistic practice and as a result I aim to visually explore these disparities, whether they be the soft vs. the sharp, the queer vs. the normative, the masculine vs. the feminine, or the traditional vs. the contemporary.