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Initiated by a history grounded in fibers, my work explores intersections between the body, the world, translation and the making of language. My works depict fleeting processes that cannot be fixed and are virtually impossible to harness. Each are bodies that remain active and transformative; the velocity of a river’s flow, air currents, clouds, rhythmic breath, transcribed lines that revise and author texts, held in suspended activity.

I make use of a variety of media to materialize a ‘drawn’ line. Through stacking, suspending, gathering and revising, ideas materialize by way of active mark. The use of abstract modes of making solidifies the certainty of temporality, translation, shift and change.

Objects and ideas extend endlessly outward. Subject remains on the move and may unravel and reconstitute at any point. Linear in construction, my works make visible the interconnectedness between time and space as if warp and weft. Adjacent relationships afford the potentiality of alternative histories to always be considered.

Nothing is ever permanent in these parts.

The flatness of a picture plane gives way to spatial illusion once a mark is drawn upon it. Disparate ideas dissolve, assemble and resolve in my attempt to materialize alternatives analogous to the buoyancy of mimesis, semiotics and cerebral abstraction.

The distance between the surface tension of water and a knit sweater is only time. My work speaks to evolutionary processes as much as to revolutionary ones.

image from How to Wear a Hardangerfjord . 2015

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