As a female and Midwest native, family traditions and constructed gender roles influenced me to question the idea of traditional painting. Through the use of the basic elements of design, I translate the history of craft traditions and women’s work in the Midwest into a contemporary painting context. By using nostalgic colors from the 90s, knitting and sewing techniques, found materials, manipulating canvas in an unconventional way, my current work is challenging both the realms of painting and sculpture.