I thought I would never move away from abstraction. But life altering events and ventures can shift perspectives and sitting down in the studio again after a some time away left me feeling empty about the work I can been doing only a short time ago. My personal lens refocused much closer to home and I once again began to paint. Painting has become my personal quiet journal, channeling my fears, hopes, worries and questions about my children and the world in front of them. It chronicles frozen moments and interactions in time- seemingly mundane but so much fuller in the second glance of my mind’s eye.
Past statement (2011-2014)
Through many different mediums, my work has always contained the elements of quietness, repetition, contemplation & meditation.
My current method of working with thread on paper began with the birth of my
daughter in July of 2011. Longing for the ability to work creatively
while cradling a newborn, I went from the sewing basket of embroidered
onsies while heavily pregnant to making sketches in thread and ink on
tiny pieces of paper while the baby slept. Entirely spontaneous at the
outset, the work felt therapeutic, accessible, and inventive. Unable
to work with metal sculpture or toxic pigments while pregnant and
nursing, I finally found a way of working that combined my love of
sculpture with drawing.
The theme of this recent series is simply, “one foot in front of
the other”. Inspired by the beauty of repetition in nature- snake
scales, roots, cellular structures, weather and water combine to form
a story of their own, reinforced by each minute stroke of thread. An
exploration of repetition, line, texture and delicacy, this series
represents my metamorphosis as an artist back into the precarious
balancing act of nurturing a new life with nurturing my creative work
along with all of the tiny moments that make up a lifetime.