I don’t identify my work with any one particular movement in 20th century art. I work in a variety of media, thus my work takes shape dependent upon the medium and the content of the piece.
My paintings and prints are serious in nature; my sculptures are playful and whimsical. In both, content is central. I play with ideas - challenging and expanding the relationships between the visual and the written word, or finding the obscure relationships between objects.
My background as a textile artist plays an important role in my paintings and prints. I weave with color while layering images and surface techniques to create textural depth. Having worked for many years as a graphic designer, graphic elements are an integral part of the whole.’t
Concepts for paintings and prints often stem from passages found in literary works --- I use the text as a starting point from which to reflect on themes of loss and remembrance. While works are initially conceived around memories of loss and sorrow, they evolve into larger musings and reflections that encapsulate fond and pleasurable memories as well. As such, I use my art as a means to better understand the world and myself by positioning common ideas in new settings that challenge and change our connotations.
In my sculpture and assemblage pieces, I explore the residue of memory and the emotions of nostalgia, aiming to elicit both the comfort of the familiar as well as the unsettling quality of the uncanny created by new and different juxtapositions. Working with images and ideas from my youth and integrating found objects, texts, and images of more recent vintage, I have layered various ideas both physically and figuratively in the hope of provoking new ways of looking at cultural icons and relationships between objects. While some of these works are clearly playful, many derive from a deeper contemplation of the connection between fun and sorrow, pleasure and pain, presence and loss.