“As a collagist, I am drawn to pattern and repetition, which are also the hallmarks of quilting. As quilts were traditionally made with scraps and leftover fabrics, I like to work with materials that have also been cast-off or designed for other purposes. I enjoy working with paint chips, old books, candy boxes, and other packaging that all have such beauty even though they were never designed to last. Such a tremendous amount of artistic talent, choice, and color goes into such ephemeral packaging that I like to preserve their beauty and vibrance. I enjoy the effect of taking such colorful materials and making small pieces that, hopefully, when added to many others, can create a landscape or effect greater than its components.”
In addition to being an artist, Durst practices employment and civil rights law in Austin, Texas and has been an adjunct law professor since 1999.