Crafted: Objects in Flux is on view until January at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, mfa.org.
The artist in her Brooklyn studio.
“During grad school, I was drawn to marquetry because I wanted to work with something that had a heavy history.”
“This is a collage I made in college. It's one of the only things I've kept from that time.”
“I have a compulsion to be in my studio.”
“At the beginning, there was so much trial and error. I remember kids in my grad school classes worrying about theory when I kept thinking: ‘I got to get back to my studio and learn how to sand.’”
“My process is multi-stepped. I begin with drawings and paintings to develop the designs.”
“I love that marquetry has the ability to memorialize.”
“My piece that is up is from a series I did that was based on foreclosed homes. It’s called Tap Left On. It refers to a Victorian house I saw that a couple had lovingly restored, but that when the bank foreclosed on them—they left the tap running on the 2nd floor. I found it fascinating they were willing to destroy something that they had spent so long on improving.”
"I build my characters kind of like a fiction writer—they are the combination of many different people I know.”