Worn and weathered, these materials tell the story of my origins, the paths I have traveled, and the places I call home. Objects collected during childhood, inherited from family, and found while living abroad play a central role. The connections between them become apparent as they are grouped, rearranged, and remixed to become wearable compositions. The ensuing pieces speak to a hybrid identity, the result of forming ties to geographies and cultures that are not our “own” by birth or blood, yet shape us just the same.
The materials I use often have a complex history beyond my own heritage. There were hands that came before mine, the creators and carriers of these relics. Over centuries and across continents we are linked. I like to imagine the artisan who originally made a particular object, the merchant who took it to a new land, the multiple people who touched it over time before it became the fodder for my work.
I was born in New Mexico to an Italian-heritage mother and spent my childhood between Albuquerque and Peci, a small village nestled between the Alps and the Adriatic Sea where my family has maintained a homestead for nearly 400 years. As a teenager I continued to travel, studying abroad in Brazil during high school and college. Eventually I made my way to Mozambique, Africa where I lived for nearly five years before coming to the Bay Area. I am now putting down roots in Point Richmond, a more grounded chapter after an extended period of wandering.