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New York NY


Personal Statement

It’s exciting, sensual and intellectually challenging to load a brush with paint and move it across a canvas with the intention of making a completed work—wherever that may lead. After making work that utilized a vocabulary of mass media imagery combined with geometric and painterly elements, I felt the urge to work purely with paint again—to draw, brush, pour and throw it into something that felt open and expansive.

I remembered reading of an archeologist who said that when he discovered a shard of an ancient pot, its curve suggested not only the complete piece of pottery but also the civilization that produced it. I had this image in my head of a kind of dynamic continuum, a combination of pure geometric form and gestural marks that would extend beyond the frame of the canvas and reference the immense energy and mystery of the larger universe, seen and mostly unseen. This image and the impulse that accompanied it felt simultaneously grandiose and essential. I am acutely, even humorously, aware of the insignificance of the lone artist in her studio, a point of consciousness, flailing away at a canvas, trying to reference the cosmos when her species can't even acknowledge its own impact on the planet it inhabits. 

All of my work is an expression of my process of constantly questioning my relationship to the visual images and content I encounter daily. In my collage based work and sculpture assemblages, I take commercial materials, found objects and printed images, all culturally coded by their original, intended contexts, and recombine them in a kind of visual mash-up, a remix of unintended juxtapositions that assigns new value and meaning. Collage and assemblage as compositional strategies allow me to be improvisational as well as intentional. My process of selecting and sifting these images and objects is my way of being mindful in the face of an explosion of information aimed at shaping our thoughts and emotions. My work is an attempt to reflect both the complexity and the connectedness of everything in a way that is visually powerful enough to engage the viewer while subverting ordinary perceptions. 

As an artist, all I can do is invite the viewer into my environment to be part of my conversation, and hope, in the whirrings of her own imagination, she will make some meaningful connection.


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