The overarching theme of my work is a personal narrative about home and family. I use my art to hold parts of life, finding the threads that entwine our experiences to examine identity, create meaning and build community. Stories of events, as well as objects, flow in and out of my paintings, drawings and sculptures. What we remember, collect, save, and leave behind, all inform and inspire my work.
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Dini, my beloved black lab is my centering mantra, my guide and muse. She stands in/or swims, as me; navigating uncertain waters as a woman, mother, daughter, and citizen who is deeply concerned about our fragile world in turmoil. Children leaving the nest, aging; our own and our parents, the death of a family member be they on two or four legs, mark the passage of time and inevitable change.
Snapshots from our walks together at nearby White Clay Creek Park are opportunities to embrace small moments and reflect on bigger questions around love, loss, joy, fear, longing and are the inspiration for these mixed media paintings.
Beneath the Surface
In the midst of change or personal turmoil, I have always found my center in and near water.
My backyard pond is a sanctuary for me to sit, meditate, practice yoga, and paint. Pond life is continually moving and changing with the weather, the seasons, as well as moment to moment. Some of the smaller pieces are snapshots – moments frozen in time. The larger paintings are more like water itself, constantly in flux, with life shifting above and below the surface. Process and presence are part of an ongoing investigation and connection to something larger than self.
Like the flotsam and jetsam that wash up ashore and become entangled and intertwined, I am interested in what gets passed down genetically, socially, historically, as well as what we find and keep, what we leave behind, and how this continues to shape our identity.
Nets, webs, and nests are created with mixed media and found objects to hold, filter, and catch the minutia of our lives.
Their materials vary, but they are all threads or lines woven together to hold, filter, or catch. Seemingly unrelated elements come together as an intimate journal to discover our interconnectedness, and to find meaning and beauty in our ephemeral lives.