“I embrace the label of bad feminist because I am human. I am messy. I’m not trying to be an example.  I am not trying to be perfect. I am not trying to say I have all the answers. I am not trying to say I’m right. I am just trying—trying to support what I believe in, trying to do some good in this world, trying to make some noise with my writing while also being myself.” -Roxane Gay

As a female and Midwest native, family traditions and constructed gender roles influenced me to question the idea of traditional painting. With the accumulation of thread and labor intensive practices, I translate the idea of craft traditions into a contemporary painting context, while also referencing ideas of women’s work and the female body. By using thread, folds, feminine color, and shadow, my current work explores the subtle and overlooked.