In this exhibition, I am exploring the ways that our bodies record history––from marks we acquired at birth to scrapes and cuts that define our life’s story. I am also fascinated by the historical studies of hysteria and the way in which inward emotional turmoil can be displayed outwardly. I use the figure, often an adolescent or young woman, to represent someone at the cusp of their adult life. Images of pressed plants, lace and figurative elements are layered upon each other, placed underneath or sewn directly into the figure, mimicking tattoos, halos or scars. The images, made up of waxed transparent layers, create veils of memory of the uneasy past.
This body of work also includes collections of objects like lace doilies and pressed plants; items that once had a function but are kept as mementos. The collections, cast using the delicate “pâte de verre” glass technique, are no longer functional and are more fragile than they were in their original state. Themes of object as memory, ritual and obsession and restless layers of time are present in this current work.