My work primarily focuses on domestic objects used or made by women in the post-World War II home. This work is intended to investigate the dynamic of the women’s role during this era, while also commemorating the societal expectation of being a both a working woman, mother and a caretaker of the home. I do this by utilizing objects that are stereotypical staples of the mid-century American home. I draw inspiration from advertising, prescriptive literature and Americana, specifically referencing everyday objects or common chores and responsibilities of women during this time period. The objects I choose to employ reference popular symbols of American culture that continue to resonate today.
My most recent body of work, All in a Day's Work, investigates the idea of “invisible labor” or labor that is expected but rarely given credit for. My hope is to visually articulate the amount of work that was necessary to the sustainability of the domestic realm.
My choice to use porcelain as the primary medium with this work ultimately reflects my desire to conceptually elevate objects that would otherwise be seen as ordinary. My intention is to remove these objects from their original context while also omitting the functionality. I hope this will allow the viewer to embrace the content of the original objects rather than being focused on the idea of using them. Like much of my previous work, I aim to create an environment that will potentially critique socially constructed gender roles, while also questioning how much these constructions have changed over time.