My work is less about feminism and more about folding feminist practice in the process of making. It speaks of not being bound to one’s condition, but of pushing against the boundaries of what is possible and not letting logistics stop you, which I have learned from feminism. The plurality of feminism is at the core of my work as I am challenged to make in situations that do not fit preconceived notions of being an artist.
Feminism has been the engine that kept my art practice going as I navigated growing up in a culture where being female seemed to preclude the possibility of being an artist, as did the experience of being a teen single mom living in poverty. I am currently making drawings from the small bedroom in the apartment I share with my daughters, while back in my home country, Italy, for the first time in 12 years. This series is an exploration of the idea of home and the ways in which familiarity and domesticity can become suffocating and claustrophobic in some ways, while reassuring in others. I use houses as a vocabulary for investigating issues of temporality versus a need for permanency, social alienation and the idea of finding home.