artist statement

There are close ties between Newfoundland and the islands of Ireland and England, and as a descendant of Irish/English pioneers, I was taught some of the textile skills expected of women. Living in Newfoundland with its rich tradition of textile practices has inspired me to return to these processes and materials in my art and research. My work over the past few years has focussed on the rituals of death and mourning, particularly those of Newfoundland. The repetitive nature of textile work seems to be a common way of coping with grief and loss, and this becomes a metaphor for protection and healing. I am currently working with camouflage fabric and used army fatigues to make statements about the devastation of war. In my art practice, I attempt to mend separations, and to reveal and recuperate the "feminine" which historically has been discredited. By giving value to the humble, the discarded and the hand-made, I hope to recover lost histories and encourage the re-consideration of traditional rituals within a contemporary context.

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camouflage         mourning        "...and the rocks knew us"         antipersonnel         PINK        steel dresses        archive