On Growing Up


When asked, "what do you want to be when you grow up?" most six-year-olds will answer without batting an eye. That's why my pediatrician stared at me blankly when I told her, "I don't know." I didn't know what I wanted to be then, and I don't know what I want to do now. 

This piece is influenced by art therapy; I was interested in creating a piece that was healing in its process. Within this heavy scroll of carefully selected, silk-screened job postings, the aggressive act of needle felting has been applied to the particular words and phrases that had momentarily offended me most. (Usually job titles and action verbs are felted over).The specific words I have blocked out, both aesthetically from the piece and physically from my mind, in turn become the focal point of the work.

Through the interaction of personally needle felting the listings, the piece was performed over the course of its exhibition at the Sullivan Galleries in Chicago.

(Denim fabric, silk-screened job listings, thread, wool, nylon, synthetic hair).