Sculpture & Paintings
The deconstructed clothespin references iconic figure forms from the prehistoric age and for the last six years until today has been my main inspiration. I’m interested in exploring materials that other’s might view as pedestrian and turning them into something iconic. For me, there is something meditative and magical about deconstructing and reconstructing clothespin forms, painting and distressing them and binding them to a wooden base with wire and thread. I’m interested in exploring the concept of tying or restraining for aesthetic purposes and developing a language with limited materials in a world of my own design that I control. The art of Shibari (meaning decorative tie) is also a primary influence.
In my paintings I reference the clothespin form again by using stencils or collage shapes. I enjoy the process of laying down paint and covering it with other layers of paint and then unearthing parts of the previous layers through burning, cutting and sanding. The analogy I use to describe creating these works is going on an archaeology dig.There is always an element of wonder and surprise as I remove previous layers.
Unusual perspective, breaking free of the flat, rectangular formats, repurposing materials and creating paintings that tell a story and are confrontational or mysterious lead me. Creating iconic work with a strong, female presence is my goal.
Digital images are worked on collaboratively by my husband and I. He is often behind the camera and I am sometimes in front of it as the model and behind the screen cropping and manipulating the final images. Subject matter is often mysterious, erotic or sexual. We have an eye for the bizarre and humorous as well. Working with my mate on the creation of an image has strengthened our relationship and expanded my view of my myself and of him.