FROM THE ARTIST
Instinctively tactile and sentimental, with an ongoing fascination with nature & found objects, I can still be found "rooting around" on the ground, gathering "precious finds" as I go.
MY CREATIVE PROCESS
Places explored, the people encountered, the beauty of precious finds & the purity of raw, natural materials all play a part in the artworks I create.
From the many contributing facets of my life & travels abroad - from gathering materials with vivid colors and textures, and immersing myself in the local people & culture - my project planning comes together. With my plan in mind, the hands-on creating begins.
Creating my mixed media sculptures feeds my love for working with many different art mediums & allows me to use the different techniques I have learned & taught over the years.
All of the materials I use add, compliment & speak to each other, creating one unified, beautiful creation - growing together - making a statement together.
Staying pure with my materials is important in creating my art -
staying true to oneself, to nature, to the countries I have collected & been inspired in -
resulting in the organic growth that shines through in each finished piece.
Each sculpture is signed, stamped & labeled with the country of origin -
to always be remembered & cherished.
My fiber sculptures feature a woven coil technique, historically used to weave vessels.
Stitch by stitch, coil by coil, with hand & needle, I weave my international pure wools around cotton - raw / refined, scratchy / smooth, no synthetics - unifying global natural beauty.
My clay structures I hand build out of stoneware & fire. Each is then painted with a unique glaze combination, mixed & varied, creating a one of a kind result when fired again.
The wood structures, I build out of solid wood - cutting, hammering, nailing & sanding.
PAINTING & DRAWING
I use different types of paint, graphite, charcoal, inks & other 2-D art materials to give character to the structures that I build, giving them depth, in preparation for the fiber to be added.
Metal additions are metal-smithed sheets & wires that I cut, heat, hammer, drill, file, stamp, connect & polish, to best contrast with the soft to scratchy wools that will accompany it.
Then there are the found objects that I just could not pass up as I wander, which are incorporated into my sculptures, woven in, set with clay, wood or metal, like a gem set into jewelry.