I work primarily in drawings and installations. In my drawings objects, faces, and animals appear out of seeming nothingness, often to my own surprise. Space itself becomes a material alongside pastels, oil sticks, graphite, ink, wax, and heavy weight papers. I love line, depth, the mystery of black, and the intermingling of opposites. I listen to a wide range of music while I work, from blues to Shostakovich, and find that the music often becomes a muse. A drawing can become a visual representation of a particular piece of music, as in the drawings evoked by Bach’s Suites for Cello and Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble.
The installations often entail using fabric, sometimes wrapping branches. At times I have also added three dimensional elements-picture frames to explore how we “frame” and thereby create our experiences, recycled prunings from blackberry bushes, old china cups and tiny sculptures of beds that perched on the silk wrapped tree branches. My work with fabric was originally inspired many years ago by my discovery of Japanese Shinto shrines in which sacred rocks or trees are accented with cloth to acknowledge their living quality.
Beauty, Landscape, Space and Silence in all their range and ambiguity are sustaining forces in my work.