My mixed media work is in many ways a therapeutic way to cope with these anxieties, especially the repetitive motions of creating French knot after French knot in my “moss embroideries.” When making moss embroideries, it’s about creating and building up a scene from nothing or creating a mini landscape. Felt is layered together for three-dimensionality in round shapes and I go from there in a more abstract sense.
Humans create barriers between themselves and the reality of the world’s environmental troubles, wanting to keep their own idealistic views in order to avoid addressing an issue. The way that humans create things, such as fake plants, so that nature can still be aesthetically pleasing without needing to be cared for, is telling of the efforts humans make. The way that I create natural elements synthetically in these pieces can be compared to the way that humans go about dealing with this problem.