“Shelter 20” Cotton, wire, paper, lacquer 24”H x 12” W x 8” D, 2018
It is a gift to be an artist.
I live to make art. This drive has always been with me and, with the exception of close personal relationships, is the most constant and rewarding thing in my world.
Art keeps me company while I walk and do chores. Art is a noisy conversation in my head.
Art allows me to look, think, feel, and make connections. Art forces me to create lists.
Art is embracing and inclusive, welcoming thoughts emotions, outrage, stories, TV, NPR, and podcasts.
My art is mine alone.
I make two and three-dimensional art using textiles and mixed media. Ordinary material, combined in unusual ways, becomes the motivation for my work. I am inspired by rust, tattered fiber, bent wire, laser cutting, digital printing, decaying leaves, and raw linen. I use single ply silk thread and foot long steel needles.
In my studio you’ll find table looms, coat racks, and no sorting or organizational method whatsoever. With these I explore themes of “Home and Shelter” and how those change as we age and move through life.
I take my cues from my thoughts and worries and find direction by exploring both real world events and deeply personal milestones. Curiosity, material exploration, process, and technique are always driving the concept.
I find my way slowly; two steps forward, one back.