When I was twenty years old my mother left my father. My world, one where my parents would forever be a coupled support system, was shattered. From that moment I have been trying to stitch the fragments back together, to embrace the discord, to make my life whole. The differences between my parents would become my impetus for art making. My father, an engineer and professor has moved through life with a strict set of rules. This resulted in my use of grid as a structure for art making to create order and protect me from becoming crazy (to myself). My mother, a creative feminist in a conservative Midwestern town where to be those things was almost criminal, gave me permission to make experimental, imperfect art. It’s the convergence of these opposing influences that inform my work.
My studio practice is process driven and draws on minimalism, my Finnish heritage, architectural forms, textiles, and the effects of accidents (personally and through art making). Materials include paint, canvas, thread, hydrocal, and bronze. I don’t have a preconceived vision of my final product; the meaning emerges over time. In my current method, I work on a few pieces at a time on the floor with canvas and pigments, building forms and allowing the personal to merge with the formal.