Yes! I consider the materials I’m using to be an extension of the content of the work. I like to think about their historical and cultural significance, who made them and under what conditions, and the environmental and aesthetic impacts of their use. I feel that for every artwork, whether the artist has thought about it intentionally or not, its materiality is essential to the meaning, potential, and politics of the work. For example, I am very aware of the fact that even the most “academic” types of painting, most often, happen on cloth surfaces (canvas, linen, burlap, etc). Painters are regularly negotiating the weight, color, grain, and durability of their cloth supports. And yet, painters don’t consider themselves to be textile artists. There are histories and political implications surrounding this distancing from the materiality of cloth. When I make a painting I try to incorporate those histories and implications into the narrative of the work.