My art is a true expression of living in the moment. Each gesture represents a different moment’s inspiration. My artwork is varied in subject matter, materials, color, and technique. At times my work is riotous with color and gesture, reflecting my efforts to make sense of external and internal cacophony. At other times it is more serene, reflective, and limited in color -- a challenge to myself to work within boundaries. I work with a variety of materials, primarily recycled, and deploy them together in ways that highlight their unique qualities. While the opportunity to give new life to recycled materials motivates me from an environmental standpoint, I also incorporate many of these fragments because they are autobiographical as artifacts from my day-to-day existence, reflecting what I’ve touched, seen, read, or admired.
this body of work began in the tense times during the long 2016 election campaign period and in the stressful period that followed. color seems to be a go-to antidote.
this series began with the first painting on view, "explosion on the bar". it was inspired by an absolutely stunning and enormous flower arrangement on the bar at a friend's evening birthday party. in the twinkly candle light at the party, these flowers seemed to explode. i couldn't get over how gorgeous the arrangement was and came home and painted this piece the next day. what followed was this series which is about finding beauty in the darkness. the global political situation has been particularly distressing this year and painting these "glimmers" has helped me cope.
this series began as an exercise designed to allow me to explore line and composition without the burdens imposed by scale, color, and abundant materials. the outcome has been a great surprise and has resulted in an entirely separate and satisfying new body of work. since i limited the “input”, the experience has been quite meditative, calming my creative mind and allowing me to create a different sort of work than i have traditionally been focused on.
every spring, after a long winter, the flowers return. as i take my walks, i am always taking pictures of them, eager to preserve their ephemeral beauty. although i don't make a conscious decision to paint them, they seem to pop up in my work on a regular basis!
this series is all about the materials. all these pieces were created by pouring and manipulating the paint and by experimenting with the properties of the materials used.
every once in a while i like to return to the figure, although it is rarely a conventional approach. these pieces reflect that exploration.
this series is part of my ongoing exploration of line and my relationship with the environment. i use a variety of natural and human-made detritus to make the "marks" - not unlike the "marks" we make on the planet. i only make these pieces when i can work outside as they all incorporate spray paint. sunny days in nature coupled with the toxic spray highlights my preoccupation.
My work with recycled textiles emerged amidst my concerns for the health of my community, both locally and globally. We’re facing a violently divisive political climate and a looming environmental catastrophe.
Fast fashion -- the compulsion to constantly update the way we present ourselves to the world -- has contributed to enormous levels of pollution, second only to oil. The materials I use are primarily recycled textiles from the Boston area. The fact that I have access to hundreds of pounds of discarded clothing illustrates how overwhelming the consequences of overconsumption are. The newest thing becomes passé in a heartbeat; the pursuit of an impossible goal leaves a trail of waste.
Repurposing old clothes is how I cope. They are imbued with both the history of their first use, and the possibilities for their future. Turning them into artworks is how I do my part to heal the planet –it keeps them out of landfills, invites discourse about our role in climate change, and is a tangible symbol of hope.