I employ couture millinery and embellishment techniques to build visibly labor- and time-intensive objects. Physical labor, through the repetitive motion of hand sewing, translates the emotional and psychological labor expended in order to manage the suffering a body can accumulate over time. With my own autobiography as a backdrop, I question the line between interpersonal connections, objectification, and self-exposure. Rooted in radical vulnerability my sculptures are an extension of collected Social Experiments that tested the definitions of intimacy, anonymity, and a woman’s private space in an increasingly publicized world. In allowing unfettered access to my own vulnerabilities I am able to build trust with the viewer in a cultural and political climate where honesty and trustworthiness are diminished daily. With the use of craft practices I speak directly from my body to an audience, with the most genuine of intentions, the most transparent of messages. Through this clarity and vulnerability I intend to spark conversation about the daily realities in our lives that often go ignored for fear of our own discomfort. While I face truth in all its ugliness my beadwork traditionally beautifies raw stories into palatable narratives that can draw viewers into topics normally deemed repelling. It’s from this point that we can begin to communicate honestly.