Artist Statement

My work is about Reclaiming; power, well-being, and wonder; on both personal and political levels.

 

My recent work , ‘Personal is Still Political’ was made in response to the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election, the 2017 Women’s March, and the post-election landscape. Inspired by the first female presidential candidate, bewildered by the election results, and inspired once again by the 2017 Women’s March (the largest U.S. protest march in history), I turned to history for solace and context.  Researching 20th and 21st century global women’s marches and dates of women’s suffrage, I created over 20 new pieces, including an installation of 8 suspended, large-scale, paintings on vellum and paper with imagery of women marching for justice and equality. The installation invited viewers to ‘participate’ in a celebratory and powerful women’s march that spanned decades and continents. This installation was accompanied by another series of paintings, wherein I used a process of painting, washing away, and repainting global women's suffrage dates, to create a palimpsest; representing both the historical assertion and the absence of female representation in the history of voting rights and political office. This series of work was displayed in a two-person show titled ‘Personal is Still Political’ in 2018. The exhibition included public programming and opportunities to support ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and Center for Women and Families. The creation of this work and the exhibition was supported by a Great Meadows Foundation Artist Grant and a Kentucky Foundation for Women ‘Artist Enrichment’ Grant.

 

In past work, I have explored spirituality in relation to my art practice. I practice yoga and meditation, and in 2015, I made a series of paintings that explored the space between ‘process’ and ‘product’ by using deliberate, repetitive, marks in ink and pencil to create textile-like paintings, creating a connection between my breath and the present moment. My process of painting also investigated the tension between the chaos of ‘wet’ media (ink) and the order of ‘dry’ media (pencil). The tension between ‘order’ and ‘chaos’ in the paintings represented a micro version of the cycles of creation and destruction that exist on macro levels in the human body, the environment, and the larger universe. Through these works, I reclaimed a sense of inner peace by connecting to a larger life cycle, and consciously marking the passage of time in ink and pencil. This series of work was displayed in a three-person show titled ‘Accumulation’ in 2015.

In 2012, I made a series of work in collaboration with my 18-month old daughter that explored identity and motherhood; and how this changed my art practice- in subject matter, production, and media. This series used painting, video, projection, and photography to show a shift from artist to artist/mother by documenting the process of my daughter and I working collaboratively on 2 large paintings in my studio. This work became as much about ‘reclaiming’ my identity as an individual, as it did relinquishing this construct in exchange for a more nuanced sense of self. This investigation culminated in an exhibition that I co-curated in 2012 titled ‘With Child’, wherein 7 other artists were invited to make work about their experiences as new parents. The exhibition included public programming and a catalog. The creation of this work and the exhibition was supported by a Kentucky Foundation for Women ‘Art Meets Activism’ Grant.

‘Micro / Macro I’, ‘Micro / Macro II’, and ‘Ordered Chaos’ are a series of paintings that celebrate the sublime beauty of micro and macroscopic structures, both natural and people-made, invisible to the naked eye, revealed through optical technology, meditation, and imagination.