Eco Conscious, 2013
Hand dyed/hand felted wool, cotton on wool, cotton thread, and leather.
Vintage tassels and edging.
I am an American- born descendant of Eastern Europeans immigrants. My family lived a nomadic, primarily outdoors, lifestyle and were slowly pushed from their homes before immigrating to the United States. Many indigenous traditions rely heavily on a respectful relationship with nature.
Our sense of home is tied to the people within it regardless of our location. Our character and values directly reflect our relationships within our culture. These traditions are now transplanted, diluted, and have been assimilated into contemporary American culture; one that is fast- paced, technology driven, and lives in excess without environmental consequence.
I am left to make sense of myself and my place here without a definite destination or purpose. I often reflect on the infancy of human existence, collective consciousness, and the delicate balance be
tween life and death. I have become aware that we are destroying all that is around us; my mind wanders because my soul is lonely, lost, and watching the destruction.
This body of work addresses issues of environmental loss, personal identity, and a return to earth based spirituality. By using abstract symbols, literal depictions and natural material, I am writing visual poetry to start a conversation to build my lost community, bring awareness and find my purpose as an artist on a dying planet.