Fodder, detail

Using fabric from worn camouflage uniforms, I create installations about the devastation of war. Camouflage fabric was created by artists to hide the soldier by allowing the soldier’s body to merge with nature. In this body of work, one of my goals is to metaphorically return the camouflage patterns back to nature. I often use intentionally rough craftsmanship to depict the insanity and absurdity of war. In other work, careful obsessive sewing speaks to the fragility and beauty of the human body. At a time when war is becoming highly technological, hand-sewing can re-focus attention on the personal. For me, putting pieces of fabric back together in forms that reflect nature is a symbolic recuperation.

Fodder, seams from worn camouflage uniforms, variable dimensions, 2004
Constellation, fabric from Canadian army uniforms worn in Bosnia, 300cm x 10m, 2010
Constellation, detail
Incarnate, U.S. Woodland camouflage uniform, embroidery thread, 155 x 70cm
Collection The Rooms Art Gallery, 2001-2004
Incarnate, detail
Rain, fabric from camouflage uniforms, 450 x 400cm diameter, 2007
Rain, detail
Target, fabric from desert camouflage uniforms, newspaper, glue, cotton, 400 x 400 cm, 2010
Target, detail
The Old Lie, seams from worn camouflage uniforms, 330 x 750 cm, 2007
The Old Lie, detail