My art practice involves photographing found images in cities and transforming them into urban quilts. Inspired by the graffiti, signage, and sticker art in urban spaces, I reinterpret digital photos, creating new compositions. I make quilts that reflect a vision of a city that is both real and imagined.
My quilts are thematically dense, full of layers of meaning. Like a DJ or a collage artist, I sample and reinvent. I find images in alleyways, on buildings, and on garbage bins. Using hundreds of pictures, I design by computer, make patterns, and sew quilts made of silk and cotton. The images are cut by hand and I quilt by 'drawing' with a sewing machine: moving the fabric under the needle. The resulting quilts are modern art rendered in fabric. They reflect the experience of city life and serve as an historical record of a neighborhood, in that the places I capture are constantly in flux.
The intent of my work is to challenge the concept of what a quilt is and to affect the viewer’s interaction with their environment by referencing familiar images and changing their context. Through the use of technology—a digital camera and image editing software—I employ graphic design to honor the traditions of quilting: using what you have to make something new. The patchwork I create is made of urban images, adding a modern twist to a traditional art form. By defying expectations of what a quilt should be, I re-imagine the urban landscape and re-invent quilting as a fine art medium.