I first began working with insects in 2005, and was startled by the strong reactions of disgust I received. It struck me as tragic that our cultural phobia could blind us so effectively to such exquisite delicacy. From there I became interested in examining what other small beauty was lost to us through prejudice or oversight.

My latest series (now in progress) uses Victorian handicraft processes to transform modern packaged foods, exploring how the intertwined histories of gender and craft have shaped one another and our everyday lives. I hope to change the way people see the small and often disregarded ephemera of life, and question what defines these things as ephemeral at all. What becomes mythologized, and what is discarded as mundane? Can the same set of skills that were once obligatory and unremarkable become valued craft simply based on a shift in cultural perspective?

In exploring these questions, my work brings to light the beauty (and sometimes humor) in subjects and materials often dismissed or taken for granted.

I revel in minutiae. I hope to share the joy this brings me.

A quick note: I've heard a lot of concern over my use of insects; I do NOT kill the insects. I collect dead insects in my wanderings, and my friends do the same for me. For some of the more obscure insects, I purchase from scientific supply companies. I have always been the person who rescues the bugs from under people's feet and bring them safely outside.