This work is inspired by cultures with in American who have found alternate definitions to our perception of freedom. They have either fought within the framework of our government to attempt to make “We the people” a truly inclusive term or have found ways outside of the system to create an independent society.
Most of the inspiration for this work has come from studying Shaker societies, textile labor history, and both historical and present day Anarchist movements. Aside from the unique character of their political and spiritual beliefs, I look at how they survive in the basic terms of herder, hunter gather, and farmer. The common thread they all seem to share is a definition of life that is an alternate to our capitalist, consumer culture.
In attempt to understand and explore existence outside of currency, I have limited the majority of materials to waste and pre-used sources. I have scavenged textile factory dumpsters for scrap fabric and material, unraveled used sweaters for their wool, used fabric given to me after my great aunt, a former textile worker in New York, passed away, and have harvested some of my old artwork to make new pieces. I have bought very little new material for this work and have spent almost no money in creating this show.
This process has forced me to create art that responds as much to what I can find as to what I want to say and allows me to interact with and understand the waste consumer culture has created in my neighborhood, an industrial section of town forgotten by the city until recently.