I’m driven to make sense of the vagaries and challenges of being a human being. Using humor and metaphor, I visually describe large ideas that resonate for me on a personal level. 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”.
I’ve started creating a book. Like the installations, I see it as another format in which a large concept can be examined by looking at its parts. For now, the title is: “(For) Girls Becoming Women; everyday encounters and their implications”. I’m envisioning a compendium of image and text. I’ll consider anecdotes from my reading: individuals’ stories, historical information, and fiction. Materials and techniques will vary accordingly.