My work depends on the collection of remainders. I mine the detritus of everyday life for evidence of the nature of contemporary quotidian existence. I collect used plastic bags, tissue boxes, plastic bottle caps, household textiles approaching the status of rags and myriad other discarded objects that have performed brief or enduring service in our daily life and then are casually tossed away. The work is about transforming the substance and personality of whatever material I am using to something unexpected, something that may at first be unrecognizable from its former purpose. These materials are versatile enough to utilize in a multitude of forms intrinsic to two of my central interests—textile design and the role of textiles in the art canon. I situate my work in the colors, patterns and geometries of domesticity and a throwaway culture.
PHOTO BY NANCY BAREIS