My training as a tapestry weaver attracts me to the material construction of images and their suggestive power. Since my first video piece, Own Time, 2000, I have been exploring how textiles function as individual and collective repositories of memory, fantasy and desire; and how textiles and their practices might be informed or reinterpreted by traditional and screen-based work.
Folding, cutting, weaving, layering, stacking, quilting, express and communicate a collective, continuous framework of embodied, physical knowledge. Repetitive processes, such as weaving and video, share a visual structure and a shared investment in time.Threads that construct a tapestry work against the loss of the moment, each weft accumulating to assert a physical presence – and present – of permanence. Similarly, video produces continuously, in common with the ungraspable images of memory, a series of endlessly transforming moments. Moving images capture this loss and present the movement of disappearance and transformation.
The extensive world of images inside us is a remnant of our daily lives. These images do not cease to change and grow. What I seek to reveal through moving image production techniques is how we, individually and collectively, compose the physical with the imaginary, how we gather the material of fantasy, and how we weave it all together to unify the gaps in our relationships with the world.