(featuring a tufting gun)
These paintings may catch people off guard because they’re not made with paint. They are created with a tufting gun which is typically a tool used to manufacture rugs. Working this way has lead to its own path of various formal issues and challenges. When tufting and working in yarn I only have one chance to go over the fabric, which is not durable enough to endure multiple punctures. While painting I would often go back into pockets and make big moves. This isn’t possible with tufting, which adds to a heightened sense of urgency and immediacy. Creating this work gives me immense satisfaction. I hope it ignites joy in those who respond to it.
New American Paintings MFA Issue #141
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