featured image: Phoenix. thread, paper, ash. 48″ x 72.” 2014.


I am an avid journaler. Over time, I found that the words I used did not fit what I was trying to express. I began writing with flammable liquids to reflect on the value of the process of journaling as well as the inadequacy of inherited language.

Date Unknown, Green. 9″ x 12,” paper, ink, ash, thread. 2014.



The pieces of burned-out text were made by writing on black paper with a flammable liquid, and then sewing the pieces together to both preserve and transform the original material. The fragments were inspired by my visit to an exhibition of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Shard I, 1″ x 4,” thread, paper, ash. 2017 (sold)



The many fibers of the thread are spun and twisted together like something positive that emerges from the roiling surface below, where the paper fibers burn away.

detail, Mandala I



Marking the hours of the liturgy.


Each etching is printed on hand-dyed silk chiffon. The plates are deeply etched to give a raised, thread-like line of ink.

Orbiting Path, 3″ x 3,” etching on silk. 2013.




Most of my more fiber-y pieces include a line drawing or two. They came out of the habit of journaling: when I couldn’t write any words, I started to make these lines that evolved into organic, decorative forms. Each drawing is one continuous line and I think of it as a stream-of-consciousness practice.

Dendrobranchiata, 9″ x 12,” ink on paper. 2014.





An installation piece made with sand, clay and candles that adapted my line drawing into a labyrinth walking path, which are traditionally used for contemplation. I also found inspiration in Indian Kolam (aka Rangoli) designs, which are made with rice flour by Hindu women to celebrate, to pray, to bless the creatures that eat the flour, and to enjoy the beauty of the patterns. The Koalm designs are fleeting, as was this piece that was meant to be enjoyed in the moment.

Labyrinth, install shot. sand, clay, and candles. 2017.

Exhibited at the Bear Hug pop-up art show in Omaha, Nebraska, 2017.


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