broom and brush sculptures
2016 - present

The everyday broom is an object that is as culturally rich as it is banal.  It is highly allegorical and embodied with diverse cultural meaning.  Around the world, it is used in wedding rituals, religious practices and sports.  It is associated with witchcraft, magic and has been used as a symbol of feminism and a few political parties.  Functionally, it is a cleaning tool; an undertaker of unwanted things, sweeping everything away before eventually it too is unceremoniously disposed of.  As a found object, used and discarded, it embodies the untold stories of domestic labor around us, often female and hidden from view.

For this series of sculptures and objects, I re-purpose the bristles of brooms I have found in various conditions throughout the city.  I see these found objects as a tangible connection to the veiled interior spaces and lives beyond the sidewalk, a point of contact in an anonymous environment.  I treat them as traditional art materials by highlighting their physical properties; deepness of color, luminosity, age, fragility. The bristles become lines in a drawing or colorful brushstrokes.  My sculptures transform these components and create unexpected optical and anthropomorphic experiences that nevertheless maintain their symbolic meaning.

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broom and brush sculptures
2016 - present

The everyday broom is an object that is as culturally rich as it is banal.  It is highly allegorical and embodied with diverse cultural meaning.  Around the world, it is used in wedding rituals, religious practices and sports.  It is associated with witchcraft, magic and has been used as a symbol of feminism and a few political parties.  Functionally, it is a cleaning tool; an undertaker of unwanted things, sweeping everything away before eventually it too is unceremoniously disposed of.  As a found object, used and discarded, it embodies the untold stories of domestic labor around us, often female and hidden from view.

For this series of sculptures and objects, I re-purpose the bristles of brooms I have found in various conditions throughout the city.  I see these found objects as a tangible connection to the veiled interior spaces and lives beyond the sidewalk, a point of contact in an anonymous environment.  I treat them as traditional art materials by highlighting their physical properties; deepness of color, luminosity, age, fragility. The bristles become lines in a drawing or colorful brushstrokes.  My sculptures transform these components and create unexpected optical and anthropomorphic experiences that nevertheless maintain their symbolic meaning.


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