Artist Statement Submitted 2015The current mixed media paintings are populated by animals, both real and imagined. In these narrative works, the animals often become surrogates for human beings and their emotional lives. Some of the animal figures, including those made from fabric and Play-Doh, speak directly to the child within and the vulnerable, delicate places of the viewer’s own past.
The highly textured pieces are made with painted and photographic images, fabric, wood, glass, and found objects. They coalesce into intricate and surreal scenes, reflecting life’s emotional complexity. Poetic meaning emerges from the broken, the castoff, and the unassuming.
By working intuitively, the artist layers materials, images, and dream-like scenarios. Inevitably they end up expressing aspects of her life or problems she is working through. Continually arising are reflections of the artist’s inner world and personal history, and her concerns for social equality and global survival.