Lace + Constellations Series

 

The delicate threads woven together to create a lace pattern, the crisscrossing lines between a group of stars in the sky to create a mythological figure, the arrangement of sub-particles to create the molecular structures of all things in the universe, the billions of neurons interconnected by trillions of connections called synapses in the human brain sending up thousands of signals per second to produce a single thought or perception in each of us . . .

 

This series is about these connections and interconnections in our perceptions and in our lives from the particle level to the universal level.  Our thoughts and perceptions define who we each are, and at the same time connect us to something greater than our individual selves beyond our collective humanity.

By drawing white lines between images of such things as fingerprints, crystals, shells, sea life, clouds, flowers, plants, fruits, birds, insects, mathematical and musical notations with a lace pattern and a star pattern/constellation on handmade indigo paper, these works become diagrams that are both autobiographical and universal at the same time.

Inspired by a section of Eagle Poem by Joy Harjo -

To pray you open your whole self

To sky, to earth, to sun, to moon

To one whole voice that is you.

And know there is more

That you can’t see, can’t hear;

Can’t know except in moments

Steadily growing, and in languages

That aren’t always sound but other

Circles of motion.

 

It is my hope these works point to a state of higher consciousness beyond our own human existence within the universe.

Andromeda, Lace + Constellations series
Andromeda Lace Constellations series drawing
white conté, white pencil and acrylic paint on handmade indigo paper
approximately 22.75” x 17.5”
2016

Cassiopeia, Lace + Constellations series
Cassiopeia Lace Constellations series drawing
white conté, white pencil and acrylic paint on handmade indigo paper
approximately 22.75” x 17.5”
2016

Antinous, Lace + Constellations series
Antinous Lace Constellations series drawing
white conté, white pencil and acrylic paint on handmade indigo paper
approximately 22.75” x 17.5”
2016

 

Gemini, Lace + Constellations series

white conté, white pencil and acrylic paint on handmade indigo paper
approximately 22.75” x 17.5”
2018

 

Virgo, Lace + Constellations series
Virgo Lace Constellations series drawing
white conté, white pencil and acrylic paint on handmade indigo paper
approximately 22.75” x 17.5”
2016

Auriga, Lace + Constellations series
Auriga Lace Constellations series drawing
white conté, white pencil and acrylic paint on handmade indigo paper
approximately 22.75” x 17.5”
2016

Aquarius, Lace + Constellations series
Aquarius Lace Constallations series drawing
white conté, white pencil and acrylic paint on handmade indigo paper
approximately 22.75” x 17.5”
2018


 

The Vignette Series

 

In the Vignette series I use printed vignettes from French 18th Toile de Jouy and early American patterns on paper and juxtapose drawn images from contemporary life and daily news stories.

Like a sound bite, tweet or brief wire news update, these vignettes show a brief incident, scene or narrative that shades off gradually into the surrounding paper. It is in our consciousness for a second until the next news flash or viral YouTube video comes into our conscious space for a nanosecond.

As in my New American Toile series and the New American Toile Remnants series, these works reconsider the relationship between what remains, what is scrapped and what is made new in society’s collective consciousness, if only for a brief moment.

Nuclear Family, Vignette series
Nuclear Family drawing
graphite and gouache on archival pigment print
24" x 20" [31" x 27.75" framed]
2011

 

Nuclear Childhood, Vignette series
Nuclear Childhood drawing
graphite and gouache on archival pigment print
24" x 20" [31" x 27.75" framed]
2011

 

 

Modern Romance #1, Vignette series
Modern Romance 1 drawing
graphite and gouache on archival pigment print
13" x 19" [21" x 27" framed]
2011

 

Nuclear Shock, Vignette series
Nuclear Shock drawing
graphite and gouache on archival pigment print
19" x 13" [27” x 21” framed]
2011

 

Democracy Rising, Vignette series
Democracy Rising drawing
graphite and gouache on archival pigment print
13" x 19" [21” x 27” framed]
2011

 

Nuclear Decommission, Vignette series
Nuclear Decommission drawinggraphite and gouache on archival pigment print
24" x 20" [31" x 27.75" framed]
2012

 

Citizens United, Vignette series
Ballot-box drawing
archival pigment print
13” x 19” [19.5" x 25.5" framed]
2012

 

Arrest #2, Vignette series
Arrest 2 Vignette series drawinggraphite and gouache on archival pigment ink print
19” x 13” [27” x 21” framed]
2012

Nuclear Checkup, Vignette series
Nuclear Checkup drawing
graphite and gouache on archival pigment print
24" x 20" [31" x 27.75" framed]
2011

 

Nuclear Meltdown, Vignette series
Nuclear Meltdown drawing
graphite and gouache on archival pigment print
24" x 20" [31" x 27.75" framed]
2011

 

Modern Romance #2, Vignette series
Modern Romance 2 drawing
graphite and gouache on archival pigment print
13" x 19" [21" x 27" framed]
2011

 

Nuclear Schoolgirl, Vignette series
Nuclear School girl drawing
graphite and gouache on archival pigment print
19" x 13" [27” x 21” framed]
2011

 

Nuclear Gardening, Vignette series
Nuclear Gardening drawing
graphite and gouache on archival pigment print
24" x 20" [31" x 27.75" framed]
2011

 

Occupy, Vignette series
Occupy drawing
graphite and gouache on archival pigment print
19” x 13” [27” x 21” framed]
2012

 

Arrest, Vignette series
Arrest drawing
graphite and gouache on archival pigment print
19” x 13” [27” x 21” framed]
2012

 

Arrest #3, Vignette series
Arrest 3 drawinggraphite and gouache on archival pigment ink print
19” x 13” [27” x 21” framed]
2012


 

Tondo Series

Drawing statement about abortion
What’s a Girl to Do, I Can’t Believe I’m Still Protesting this Shit, Tondo series

graphite on gouache on fabric mounted on wood panel
23” diameter x 1.5”
2014


 


New American Toile Series

This series of mixed media drawings on fabric uses the French 18th century designs of Toile de Jouy as the starting point.  I juxtapose a background narrative of a pastoral past populated by idyllic figures with a foreground of contemporary situations.  Homelessness, gun violence, and other current controversies are in direct contrast to the nostalgic, sanitized, leisurely decorum of the historical toile patterns.  The overlay of silhouettes and detailed renderings of figures inhabiting this fragmented world create visual commentaries on the contradictions, changes, and complexities of contemporary life.

With undertones of foreboding, wanting and dismay, the works in this series delve into the world of reality and fantasy. Their visual irony compels the viewer to reflect on and reconsider the relationship between what remains, what is scrapped and what is made new in society’s collective consciousness.

Pattern #4, New American Toile series

Pattern #4, New American Toile series

Pattern #4, New American Toile series
graphite on gouache on fabric mounted on wood panel
30” x 36” x 2”
2010

 

Pattern #4, Detail 2, New American Toile series

Pattern #4, Detail 2, New American Toile series 
graphite on gouache on fabric mounted on wood panel
30” x 36” x 2”
2010

Pattern #4, Detail 1, New American Toile series

Pattern #4, Detail 1, New American Toile series 
graphite on gouache on fabric mounted on wood panel
30” x 36” x 2”
2010

Pattern #3, New American Toile series

Pattern #3, New American Toile series

Pattern #3, New American Toile series
graphite on gouache on fabric mounted on wood panel
30” x 36” x 2”
2010

Pattern #3, Detail 1, New American Toile series

Pattern #3, Detail 1, New American Toile series
graphite on gouache on fabric mounted on wood panel
30” x 36” x 2”
2010

Pattern #3 , Detail 2, New American Toile series

Pattern #3 , Detail 2, New American Toile series
graphite on gouache on fabric mounted on wood panel
30” x 36” x 2”
2010

Pattern #2, New American Toile series

Pattern #2, New American Toile series

Pattern #2, New American Toile series
graphite on gouache on fabric mounted on wood panel
30” x 36” x 2”
2010

Pattern #2, Detail 1 New American Toile series

Pattern #2, Detail 1 New American Toile series
graphite on gouache on fabric mounted on wood panel
30” x 36” x 2”
2010

Pattern #2 , Detail 2, New American Toile series

Pattern #2 , Detail 2, New American Toile series
graphite on gouache on fabric mounted on wood panel
30” x 36” x 2”
2010

Pattern #1, New American Toile series

Pattern #1, New American Toile series

Pattern #1, New American Toile series
graphite on gouache on fabric mounted on wood panel
30” x 36” x 2”
2010

Pattern #1, Detail 1, New American Toile series

Pattern #1, Detail 1, New American Toile series
graphite on gouache on fabric mounted on wood panel
30” x 36” x 2”
2010

 

Pattern #1, Detail 2, New American Toile series

Pattern #1, Detail 2, New American Toile series
graphite on gouache on fabric mounted on wood panel
30” x 36” x 2”
2010


 

The New American Toile Remnant Series

This series of mixed media drawings on fabric uses the French 18th century designs of Toile de Jouy as the starting point. I juxtapose a background narrative of a pastoral past populated by idyllic figures with a foreground of contemporary situations. Homelessness, gun violence, and other current controversies are in direct contrast to the nostalgic, sanitized, leisurely decorum of the historical toile patterns. The overlay of silhouettes and detailed renderings of figures inhabiting this fragmented world create visual commentaries on the contradictions, changes, and complexities of contemporary life.

With undertones of foreboding, wanting and dismay, the works in this series delve into the world of reality and fantasy. Their visual irony compel the viewer to reflect on and reconsider the relationship between what remains, what is scrapped and what is made new in society’s collective consciousness

You’re pissing on my boots and calling it rain, The New American Toile Remnant series

You're pissing on my boots and calling it rain

graphite and gouache on fabric on paper
16"x16" [19” x 19” framed]
2015

Time for Herstory to repeat herself, The New American Toile Remnant series

Time for Herstory to repeat herself

graphite and gouache on fabric on paper
16"x16" [19” x 19” framed]
2015
In Private Collection

Floods, The New American Toile Remnant series

Floods, The New American Toile Remnant series

graphite and gouache on fabric on paper
16" x 16" [19” x 19” framed]
2011

Refugees #2, The New American Toile Remnant series

Refugees #2, The New American Toile Remnant series

graphite and gouache on fabric on paper
16” x 16” [19” x 19” framed]
2011

Refugees #1, The New American Toile Remnant series

Refugees #1, The New American Toile Remnant series

graphite and gouache on fabric on paper
16” x 16” [19” x 19” framed]
2011

Homeless, The New American Toile Remnant series

Homeless, The New American Toile Remnant series

graphite and gouache on fabric on paper
19” x 30” [28 3/8” x 39 3/8” x 2” framed]
2010 
In Private Collection

Oil spill, The New American Toile Remnant series

Oil Spill, The New American Toile Remnant series

graphite and gouache on fabric on paper
16” x 16” [19” x 19” framed]
2010

Day laborers, The New American Toile Remnant series

Day laborers, The New American Toile Remnant series

graphite and gouache on fabric on paper 
16” x 16” [19” x 19” framed]
2010

Wall Street, The New American Toile Remnant series

Wall Street, The New American Toile Remnant series

graphite and gouache on fabric on paper
16” x 16” [19” x 19” framed]
2010
In Private Collection

Guns, The New American Toile Remnant series

Guns, The New American Toile Remnant series

graphite and gouache on fabric on paper
16” x 16” [19” x 19” framed]
2010
In Private Collection

Xenophobia, The New American Toile Remnant series

Xenophobia, The New American Toile Remnant series

graphite and gouache on fabric on paper
16” x 16” [19” x 19” framed]
2010

Freedom to Marry, The New American Toile Remnant series

Freedom to Marry, The New American Toile Remnant series

graphite and gouache on fabric on paper
16” x 16” [19” x 19” framed]
2010


 

Adolescent Angst series Statement

Adolescent angst, an acute feeling of anxiety or apprehension that is often accompanied by depression, is a frustrating, painful, and occasionally frightening dilemma for teens (and their parents). As an artist/arts educator, I have worked with teens in both school and out of school for many years, and I also have two teenage daughters of my own. As a parent, I am stunned by the amount of stress our society places on young people at a time in their lives when their growing brains and bodies are going though so much natural change. As an observer and an artist, I have studied the moments when they do not think anyone is watching, but that express so much of what they are feeling and dealing with. This series of six graphite drawings, mounted in narrow white frames with a nail puncturing its surface, convey the unwarranted tension found in many young people’s lives today.

This series is dedicated to my two daughters.

#6, Adolescent Angst series

Untitled #6, Adolescent Angst series

Untitled #6, Adolescent Angst series
(full view and detail)
graphite pencil with acrylic matt varnish on Twinrocker paper, mounted on white painted wood framed panel with nail
23” x 7” x 1.5”
2008

In Private Collection

#5, Adolescent Angst series

Untitled #5, Adolescent Angst series

Untitled #5, Adolescent Angst series
(full view and detail)
graphite pencil with acrylic matt varnish on Twinrocker paper, mounted on white painted wood framed panel with nail
23” x 7” x 1.5”
2008

In Private Collection

#4, Adolescent Angst series

Untitled #4, Adolescent Angst series

Untitled #4, Adolescent Angst series
(full view and detail)
graphite pencil with acrylic matt varnish on Twinrocker paper, mounted on white painted wood framed panel with nail
23” x 7” x 1.5”
2008

#3, Adolescent Angst series

Untitled #3, Adolescent Angst series

Untitled #3, Adolescent Angst series
(full view and detail)
graphite pencil with acrylic matt varnish on Twinrocker paper, mounted on white painted wood framed panel with nail
23” x 7” x 1.5”
2008

#2, Adolescent Angst series

Untitled #2, Adolescent Angst series

Untitled #2, Adolescent Angst series
(full view and detail)
graphite pencil with acrylic matt varnish on Twinrocker paper, mounted on white painted wood framed panel with nail
23” x 7” x 1.5”
2008

In Private Collection

#1, Adolescent Angst series

Untitled #1, Adolescent Angst series

Untitled #1, Adolescent Angst series
(full view and detail)
graphite pencil with acrylic matt varnish on Twinrocker paper, mounted on white painted wood framed panel with nail
23” x 7” x 1.5”
2008

In Private Collection


 

Litany of Birds Statement

These two works are inspired by Bertolt Brecht’s poem, Litany of Breath, especially its refrain:

About this the little birds were silent in the forest. 
Over all the mountains is rest: 
In all the treetops you perceive 
Scarcely a breath.

As described in the poem, the bleak living conditions and violent human interactions found in the urban environment are in stark contrast to the silent little birds in the countryside. The birds in these two works appear unconcerned by the conditions of the falling man and the reaching woman, and reflect the lack of concern of humans for their fellow man in today’s world, unless the situation or conditions affect them personally. The word litany has two meanings: one - a series of songs or spoken requests for the blessing of God, and two - a long list of problems or complaints. As in the refrain, the birds in these two works are silent – not singing for blessings – but also not speaking up about the long list of social and political problems that continue to plague the human realm.

The Litany of Birds #1

The Litany of Birds #1

The Litany of Birds #1
graphite pencil, graphite powder, acrylic paint, sand, rusted metal fragment with acrylic matt varnish on Arches paper, mounted on silver painted wood framed panel with nails and screws 
50” x 28” x 2.25” 
2008
In Private Collection

The Litany of Birds #2

The Litany of Birds #2

The Litany of Birds #2
graphite pencil, graphite powder, acrylic paint, sand, rusted metal fragment with acrylic matt varnish on Arches paper, mounted on silver painted wood framed panel with nails and screws 
50” x 28” x 2.25”
2008
In Private Collection

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