Starting at an early age I was exposed to the arts and crafts by two very creative parents. My mom sewed and knitted clothes, painted furniture, made carnival costumes, and much more. One of my best early childhood memories was when my father took me to his work at the textile design studio. There I was able to paint with acrylic paints on large pieces of paper. I still fondly remember the smell of the paint in the studio. I also grew up during a time, where in a small Swiss mountain town, there still existed clear gender separations at school. Us girls had to learn everything from mending socks to knitting sweaters and sewing our own clothes. Back then, this seemed like a punishment since I wanted to take technical drawing with the boys instead. Now, I am grateful to know how to apply those fiber crafts in the creation of my sculptures.
For many years I focused on oil painting until about 4 years ago, when I welcomed sculpture back into my life. My sculptures are 3-dimensional collages. In these assemblages I combine different parts that play with contrasting materials — ceramic and fiber, smooth and rough, hard and soft. I create, knit, crochet, sew, needle felt, build, and glaze all the parts. I enjoy working with clay and glazing the ceramic pieces, and I very much enjoy the crafting aspect such as knitting and sewing. For fabrics I like to use repurposed antique tea towels and linens that I often dye with tea or coffee. I welcome the idea of including traditional crafts and materials in what we consider fine arts. Some of the inspiration I find in the carnival culture, which has been a big part in my life.
The sculptures are little companions that have been inspiring me and have been challenging me to branch out with my artwork. Working on these pieces has brought back some of my early uninhibited creativity.
I earned a five year degree in fine arts and graphic design at a Swiss art school. After a career as a graphic designer and later an internship working with disabled children I moved to the United States. I studied sculpture and painting at the University of New Orleans, and graduated with a painting degree from the University of Colorado in Boulder.
I have shown my work at different venues in the US and Switzerland and currently have my sculptures represented at LeMieux Gallery in New Orleans, LA.
Ceramic, Sculpture, Fiber