Drapery recurs a lot in your work. What is its significance?
Drapery is used a lot in classical art, so it’s sort of my shout out to art history. You really can’t escape referencing something that came before you, and drapery calls to mind a lot of the classics. For instance, the painting of my friend playing the banjo is a twist on all the paintings of Odalisques.
My mother also quilts a lot, so I’ve been surrounded by that traditional folk art. Fabric art was always given a lesser status in the art world because it was women’s work and thus a craft, not art. I really like my painting “Madonna with Cigarette” because her bathrobe is so Mondrian. I felt that wrapping such a strong woman in a master’s artwork was such an act of feminism that I couldn’t avoid it. So there is something old and romantic about drapery, but using quilts and fabric is a large part of my history and women’s history.