I am an American artist who has lived in and has family in Germany. Since 1993 my work has involved ideas about transience, loss, identity, memory and war.
My work is derived from personal history - either told or uncovered. I document the memories of people and moments that continue to resonate in my life. It is my attempt to integrate and reconcile autobiographical motifs. I gather personal imagery from a rich archive of family photos, letters, books and historical images as well as found objects with meaning. I use such things as glass bottles, silkworm cocoons and keys, bits of string, cloth and eggs. The weight of small things is our lives.
I strive to evoke a sense of the mystical within the mundane, of absence and melancholy and of the passage of time. There is a German saying, Es zieht sich durch wie ein roter Faden, or It goes through like a red thread. Threads become an illusion to the connectivity of each of us and our destiny. Gas masks and glass are used as a method to protect and insulate from the known and unknown. Eggs become symbols of life, renewal and waiting. Faceless or obscured figures are an attempt to distinguish the universality of human nature. The merging of the historical and the personal, the painted and photographed has become the means by which I process events and come to know personal, familial history.