Cozy Portraits

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My work combines portraiture, knitting, and a love of the unexpected and absurd. Like an ill-fitting handmade sweater, the cozies are about the claustrophobia of relationships. They represent the ways in which our closest relationships can often walk the fine line between loving and smothering. In the Cozy Portrait series I create a custom cozy for each person in the project – often my close friends and family, identified by the portrait title. Some of the portraits take a week to complete, and some take a year. From beginning to end, the piece is defined by my relationship, dialog, and collaboration with the person being cozied. The process and the resulting portraits are very specific to each person. But by covering the majority of a person’s identifiable features, they also become abstract and universal. While the final form is a photographic portrait, for me, the piece begins with the first conversation, and the first question: “Can I cozy you?”