ARTIST'S STATEMENT:

MIXED MEDIA IS UNIQUE IN THAT IT CAN CAPTURE
THE IMMEDIACY OF FEELING.

MODERN LIFE IS SO MULTI-FACETED. IT SEEMS ONLY NATURAL TO INTEGRATE MULTIPLE ELEMENTS INTO MY COMPOSITIONS.

Living in a gendered body, I often work with materials associated with women or women’s work by default. Items such as lace, crushed velvet, and corsets have become parts of a greater whole of both history and canvas. Each piece serves as a reflection upon deeply personal, yet common, experiences. Therefore, it is not always necessary for the viewer to understand the impetus, only to find some resonance in the end result.


ON PROCESS:
My interests in materials and themes change as I change and grow as a person. This change is documented in the work itself. However, a consistent theme has been abstracted autobiographical moments. My choice of materials reflects each specific moment I have in mind.


STEP ONE: First, I conceptualize the idea, and determine the exact poetic moment I wish to convey. I mull over concepts for months, sometimes years. When I am fully satisfied with the concept, I choose the medium that will tell this visual story the most effectively.


STEP TWO: When mixed media is the most effective choice, I conduct an extensive search to locate and acquire appropriate materials. This is always an adventure! Oftentimes, unexpected material choices will occur to me during this phase. Once the initial materials are collected, work begins. Each piece has its own unique story, but this is what usually happens next when I am creating a high-relief:


STEP THREE: I begin by underpainting a layer, allowing time for it to fully dry, and then continuing to work in painted and collaged stages, with time for reflection in between each stage. Oftentimes, the process dictates unanticipated material directions, which results in a welcome repeat of STEP TWO.

The layers closest to the surface are usually in high relief, with a marked visual contrast occurring between layers. Most pieces on canvas have at least a one inch side profile to begin with, and then are layered up from there.Therefore, many of my older pieces were originally intended to remain unframed. However, I am always happy to advise collectors on appropriate framing choices for an additional fee.


THIS EXTENSIVE PROCESS TAKES SEVERAL MONTHS, SOMETIMES EVEN YEARS, TO COMPLETE. IT IS FOR THIS REASON THAT I CREATE VERY FEW PIECES PER YEAR. COLLECTORS OF MY WORK KNOW THAT THEY ARE INVESTING IN A ONE OF A KIND WORK OF ART, CREATED WITH GREAT THOUGHT AND CARE.

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