I am an artist interested in concepts of domesticity and tradition. I execute my work in a variety of methods including sculpture, drawing, printmaking and paper making. Recently I have introduced traditional methods of craft, such as rug making and embroidery, into my creative process. The artwork that I am entering into the competition, titled13 and Unconscious, is a self portrait. At age thirteen I was faced with the realities of illness, and I employed a disciplined denial of thought to protect myself from any painful feelings. This work depicts denial as a form of dangerous protection and suggests that by succumbing to the protection of numbness, a person’s feelings can be overtaken. The process in the making of this work is laborious and time consuming. The rug element is hand braided, then pieced and hand sewn together. It is a repetitive, contemplative process reflecting the attitude of someone in denial. The rug represents denial as being a dangerous construct that is inviting and engulfing. The figurative element is an anthropomorphic response to a refusal of reality.