Farmington Hills MI
River Rouge Complex
Fiber / Mixed Media / Painting / Collage/Assemblage , 4" x 3".
Architecture is more than a static structural shell, impersonal, and perfunctory. Buildings also exist as a living
record of time, history and the people who thrive among them. In the instance of post-industrial Detroit, the
abandoned architectural giants not only represent a rich, gilded past, but the ravages of time and cultural
collapse. In a city that has lost more than a quarter of it’s inhabitants in the last decade, buildings still stand
despite abandonment and vandalization, though roofs may mournfully sag and paint may crack and curl.
I feature Detroit’s architecture in my work as both an artifact from a happier past as well as a reminder of social
and cultural failures yet to be set right. Domestic sewn objects featuring structures like Michigan Central Station
are labors of love that not only personalize the experience of the urban as well as capture the nostalgic longings
we have towards the places we inhabit and Gilded Age utopias. In Ruin Porn Series, lush, glittering fiber pieces
capture the sensual, stimulating nature of the “ruin porn” photograph and the media’s fetishization of Detroit’s
collapse. The sculptural works of My City, My Home, My Body Series engage ideas of architectural degradation
directly through the language of wall segments. The forms appear as fragments of no-longer existing original,
which begin to bloat and sag in a manner empathetically reminiscent of the human body’s own decline and
collapse through age.
My artistic tendency to engage with painstakingly detailed processes is only further proof of my increasing
endearment for the sites, structures, and histories. As a Detroit native, the work is a poetic expression of the
unique struggles the city faces. If my work touches upon nothing else, in the end I hope to give forgotten
architecture and the city itself a new life with a voice, a heart and a purpose.