Artist Statement

My recent paintings reference the interiors of the body: cells, neurons, blood, milk, veins, wounds, and sutures. While my paintings are informed by such tragedies as AIDS and joyous events like birth, I do not desire or aim for any specific reading. Instead, the works determine an arena of interpretation informed by matters of regeneration, connection, disease and recovery. Past work arose out of my own experience, such as motherhood, and spoke to the sustenance of new life. Some work was also inspired by the miraculous feat of cell division into the journey of creation and birth of new life.

With climate change an ever pressing concern, rising seas, water scarcity, extreme weather patterns becoming the norm and ocean pollution, I find myself looking to the vast expanses of water as a source for my most recent body of work. While my work is abstract, I reference nature visually and conceptually. For instance, in the Phylum works and others, I reference cell biology, accretion of geological formations, botanical structures and the taxonomy of the natural world.

In the past, some work arose out of my own experience of motherhood and spoke to the sustenance of new life, while other pieces were inspired by the miraculous feat of cell division into the journey of creation and birth of new life. More recently, I have made paintings containing hundreds of pieces of wood of various heights, widths, and lengths (as seen in Transpire, Transect, Rime, and Phylum).  During the very physical working of additive and subtractive layering in my work, there are numerous conceptual and physical changes that occur. Each piece represents a separate entity but is linked with its surrounding neighbors by various systematic rules and decisions. The small singular elements are meant to exist in equal strength to the whole. In effect, nothing is disconnected from the whole. The individual cannot exist without support; nevertheless, it remains distinctly unique.

The singular elements in all of these works ultimately change in form and substance by building into something greater than themselves.  A transmutation occurs from part to the whole.