Last summer and fall, I recorded over 100 quilt stories in twenty-five cities and towns; from Washington, to Massachusetts, to Texas, and back to Boise. I documented my route by photographing the tent in the varying landscapes I traveled through.
This project is part of an ongoing body of work that investigates the themes and history of quilt-making, as applied to a contemporary practice. Through fieldwork and examination, I am learning the social and aesthetic traditions of the craft, and conceptualizing my findings into an ongoing series of works. Working in a continuum of installation, performance, and sound, this project allows me to employ a wide range of methods, while researching a rich central theme. The project expresses many of my intentions as an artist and teacher; reusing discarded materials for art, empowering communities through teaching self-sustaining skills, creating socially engaging projects that demystify the practice of artists, and encouraging cross-media collaboration."