My current practice has its origins in textiles. When I was young I watched my mother recycle old fabrics and use various techniques to give the old fabrics new life. Living in NYC nearly half of my lifetime, a realization came to me after spending several years in Manila working on projects, the contrast of poverty versus waste. Haunted by possession and disposal, discarded materials eventually became my focus.
My textile-based works are stitched prints sourced out by rubbing, hammering on objects and scratching onto any surface with texture from among the scattered detritus, walls, streets and pavements of my neighborhood in Sunnyside, NY. I also collect things, discarded intentionally or incidentally, and my migratory history includes a movement of physical things. Gathered, transferred and bound for the creation of a totally new object Alluding to peculiar periods of things when their “original” function for which they are constructed for is no longer such. Rather, they are reconfigured to suit a new design amongst many permutations.
Extending life beyond an object’s predisposed function.
A way of collecting artifacts from people’s lives, and repurposing textiles and various materials into my artistic process
Textile becomes a realm of memory in which I weave my narratives into my object making through material that thread through seemingly separate, even disparate, worlds.
Discarded materials were always possessions at some point like transitory sculptures and their momentary existence in some way is similar to my ambivalent state.
A transposition of experiences made possible by migration and settlement.