I’m driven to make sense of the complexities, vagaries and challenges of being human. Using humor and metaphor, I visually describe large, social ideas that resonate for me on a personal level. My figures encounter each other in their own unique worlds, working out their differences and similarities, making decisions, and forming opinions. The figures are symbolic; they could be anyone anywhere.
As a mixed media artist I choose materials and techniques as they apply to my concepts. I use primarily ceramics and drawing but have recently started creating samplers. I’ve studied them for a long time but believe the time is right for me to begin making them. I’ve also started to animate the figures. This way I’ll be able to explore more of the intricacies of individual encounters. Animation will propel my characters into their futures while the samplers secure their places in history.
The underlying concept for all of my work is the encounter. In my recent work I’m addressing questions; what caused the “Silenced Women” to become silenced? What will happen next, after the encounter being described in the “Architectural Details”? Historically, have women’s rights improved since the time of the Thomas/Hill hearings and up to the Ford/Kavanaugh ones? What is it like to go around branded with the letter M for METOO on your back? I plan to explore the stories and histories behind some of the encounters that girls and women are experiencing. If we’re aware of the subliminal and deliberate messages being targeted at girls and women, we can do something about them.
My most recent solo exhibition, “Mad As Hell”, was an installation at Stevenson University, here in Baltimore. Inspired by the METOO movement and current energy around women’s rights, I looked at the period of time between the Hill/Thomas and Ford/Kavanaugh hearings. What, if anything, has changed since then? More women are speaking up. Is it making a difference? Where is our power and how can we use it to influence?
In my next body of work I’ll be asking why we’re so mad. In particular I’ll identify and investigate ways in which every day encounters shape who we become. There’s a constant throb of subliminal messages directed at girls and women. Song lyrics, visual images, and what we’re told on a daily basis, to name just a few.
As a member of the METOO movement I identify with my “Silenced Women”, muted by a thick coating of glaze, and with the kinds of encounters I’ve visualized in “Architectural Details”. When I created the princess and the wolf I was inspired by a quote from Simone de Beauvoir’s “The Second Sex”; “She sees her life too often as a silly fairy tale”.