This piece was made using approximately 50 children's rosary beads, sewing thread, epoxy, and hot glue. It is human scale. I wanted to make a piece which would challenge the separation of morality and sexuality. Growing up Catholic, these two things are very much separated. That sort of "Catholic guilt," as it's known, is a very real thing. As a young women, growing up in the Church was quite a struggle for me. This piece goes outside of the boundaries that were set up for me by ideological tradition. It is not meant to be offensive. The piece simply twines together two beautiful human aspects of life: morality and sexuality.
My art is derived mainly from personal experience and explores the relationship between imagery and emotion. For example, Rosary Tunic and Skirt stems from my experience as a Catholic woman, trying to understand the Churchs take on female sexuality. While in one sense, the piece is rebellious, even blasphemous (the idea of using Rosaries for a piece of clothing, especially a revealing one), in another sense it is beautiful, intertwining faith and femininity. Growing up with OCD and depression, I have led a very emotionally extreme life. For this reason, I like to include a certain level of intensity in all of my works, whether through line quality, rich color, repetition, or otherwise. In my Smoke Series, the line work begins smooth In Plume, and starts to vary and intensify more in Genesis. The series culminates with violent, agitated lines in Up and Down, signifying a chaotic resolve. Pieces such as Rosary Tunic and Skirt also evoke a sense of intensity, agitation, and even obsession, evident through repetition. I do not have a specific method for my artwork; however, in most of my pieces, Ive found some way to derive order from chaos, or vice versa. Every piece I begin is an experiment and an adventure; I usually dont know what the finished piece will look like until Im quite close to the end! Ultimately, art is a tangible way for me to understand and express the intangible.