About the Artist
I have been making batik art for over twenty years. I enjoy the process of batik, creating layers of color in the fabric to create collage designs. More recently I have been creating larger artworks that highlight the many layers of color and luminescence in the batik fabric. Community art is also integral to my art practice. My first community project Interwoven Community Weaving Project (2017) was an exploration of community connection through the traditional art form of weaving. Since Interwoven I have collaborated locally and globally on community-based art projects including The Community Quilt Mosaic, One Billion Stars, Pharr Tennis Center Art in Public Places Project and East Austin Studio Tour. Through social practice, I work collaboratively with artists, community organizations and community members.
I am a batik and community artist. Through the wax-resist dye process of batik and creating layers of color in the fabric, I enjoy exploring with light and shadow and creating artworks that highlight the many layers of color and luminescence in the batik fabric. Community engagement and social practice are integral to my art practice. Social art practice is an invitation to start or join a conversation. Through the intersection of art and community, it is often the conversations that are happening around the art making that inform a project. Through community engagement and social practice art, we can build connected communities, tackle complex issues, collaborate and work together to effect change. My current project One Million Stars Texas is part of the global project One Billion Stars (formerly The One Million Stars to End Violence Project) created by Samoan-Australian weaving artist Maryann Talia Pau in Australia. This is an international weaving project that invites communities around the world to weave these symbols of light, hope, courage and solidarity for violence free communities. It is an invitation to join the conversation, to invite others to join and to grow community through direct engagement and through the traditional art form of weaving; Weave a star. Start a conversation. Our current star installation is on display at Ten Thousand Villages (October - December) and will be part of the WEST Austin Studio Tour.