This growing body of work was triggered by a desire to connect to the nameless and faceless victims easily lost in endless statistics that obscure the actual stories of women and girls deeply impacted by violence: domestic violence, sexual abuse, trafficking, genital mutilation, murder, honor killings, and more. The hope is to heighten awareness of the unending worldwide violence against women and girls, restore the humanity to those who are violated, and reconnect us to these real individuals.
Paint and wood is a body of work that immediately preceded It’s a girl. Discarded wood—wood on the street, in dumpsters, from apartment renovations or construction sites- provides an unpredictable range of colors, shapes and textures, three interests that are present throughout all the work.
Circles and Diamonds employ two very defined shapes on which to combine paint, fabric, wood, and paper. These earlier pieces are more two-dimensional than the later work but were an integral part of the history leading up to working with paint and the more 3-dimensional materials of found wood and dresses.
The process of cutting and pasting, of adhering and layering, is integral to the making of every piece of art regardless of what objects or materials are used.