As a female and Midwest native, family traditions and constructed gender roles influenced me to question the idea of traditional painting. Through the use of the basic elements of design, I translate the history of craft traditions and women’s work in the Midwest into a contemporary painting and sculpture context. By using nostalgic colors from 90s pop culture, knitting/sewing/cutting techniques, found materials, and manipulating canvas in an unconventional way, my current work explores my experiences of being a child of the 90s and my place in society today.