Soft Sculpture is a series of objects whose nucleus is latch hooking rug making technique. I employ this nostaligc and kitschy process as a way to build fuzzy, fibrous "paintings of abstracted memories and motifs from my adolescent girlhood. I am interested in this process as a way to grapple with notions of femininity, domesticity, and craft, as well as for its extremely accessible and tactile qualities.
The laborious latch hooking process results in vibrant and robust plush canvases that exist as both paintings as well as skins for more complex mixed media sculptures and installations. I source materials for the latch hook pieces only from large collections of discontinued vintage wool on eBay and plastic materials from the dollar store. This provides a peculiar framework from which I construct compositions with off kilter color schemes and animated textural shifts. I call on construction skills I’ve learned as a wood worker and naïve, haphazardly assembled ceramics to transform the latch hooked images into whimsical, dynamic objects. These mixed media objects are cheeky and echo forms of playground equipment and awkward body developmental stages.