Burial 2, my current work, addresses institutional and societal racism enacted by historical precedence, mass incarceration, over-policing, and lack of opportunity. Our complicity in these systems is highlighted in my creating complex objects using highly specialized, time-consuming dressmaking and millinery techniques. I have moved away from the mannequin, and am making sculpture to more clearly communicate. I sew everything by hand, without relying on machines or assistants to relieve the hundreds of hours invested in most pieces. I construct all my work from whole cloth, and finish it to the highest degree.

Sculptures in Burial 2 include conjoined basketball jerseys inspired by incarcerated twins from a Seattle family, and an American flag-style funeral pall that honors the countless lives stolen as a product of white supremacy.

 

The Choking Kind, 2016

The Choking Kind, 2016