SMALL ALTERNATIVES 2016-2017 (ongoing series)
Since beginning work again with silks and cotton fabrics in 2016, these small fabrications represent a variety 0f experimentation with hand work techniques and the integration of historical printing processes on satin. These pieces vary in size from 4 x 4 inches to 8 x 10 inches and are sewn to watercolor paper.
Shattered is a small self-portrait series printed on silk satin fabric. The term "shattering" refers to the deterioration of silk when soaked in sodium hypochlorite. The fibers loosen causing tears and frayed edges. The chemical composition also breaks down the pigment photograph creating a surrealistic color palette. With this series I examine the notion of "chemical intervention" as it relates to medicating mood disorders and its affect upon the perception of identity. As chemistry brings about change to my physical appearance, it also alters understanding of my psyche.