[a cast of my left hand in the shape of a] Glove
340 x 110 x 30 mm (largest)
Casts (12): needle lace and stitched fragments using thread, found trimmings and pins
‘I was born and raised in New York, a place of chaos, randomness and change. I want my work to include aggression, awkwardness and impatience, as well as beauty. Creating lace forms that contain these difficult emotions, along with human errors, gives them a truthfulness and personal meaning.
My work uses the creative power of destruction, as well as the constructive tools of repair and restoration. I celebrate accident, error and imperfection, developing narrative from chance and impulse. Each “glove” is built onto my left hand, using only my right hand for the construction. When removed, the pieces appear like shed skins, holding the form of the missing hand in a kind of memorial. The resulting hand-casts are copies of living flesh, but the fragile, ghostly forms acknowledge the past. The awkward process results in creations that are simultaneously delicate and clumsy, both intricately Victorian and roughly modern.’