My visual art is a study of the rituals of domesticity and how they relate to more primitive rituals and spirituality. My performances deal with escapism, insatiability, and adventure, as well as with the disenchantment that can come from uprooting oneself. I draw inspiration from my mother. Growing up, I watched her weave dream catchers and embroider intricate scenes of Native American women. I remember her running away from home for weeks on end. She always seemed to want to escape. I think her delusional, self-destructive spirit enchants herself into my work.
I draw war paint and create wearable art to be worn in performances. Among them are headdresses and war bonnets that women are traditionally forbidden to wear in Native American dance. I construct pieces of armor from vintage slips that are hand dyed, and feathered, and metamorphosed into dance regalia. The ceremonial dress is worn in a fantastical, “do-it-yourself” ritual, a ceremony that marks the beginning of a transformative journey. My recent work explores escaping stagnation, slipping through the cracks and into other worlds that are strange and beautiful.