My experiences as a woman, wife, and mother drive my exploration of feminine themes in my artwork. I play with the meanings of familiar objects, and create space for feminine viewpoints. I am fundamentally nurturing and supportive, and I manifest these characteristics in my mosaic fine art.
Working with low-tech materials, such as concrete, wire mesh, remnants of glass and cast off materials, I create objects which shift form and association. My inspiration for color and texture come from outdoor spaces, particularly the Northern California landscape. Being in nature gives me time to focus my thoughts and see things in a new light, conceptually and physically. Found objects and natural materials are often integrated in my sculptural pieces. Recently, my affinity for circular shapes has led me to incorporate glass bottlenecks into my artwork. Using rings of glass arranged in patterns, I explore various means to create the impression of landscapes. As I construct a whole out of many small pieces I continually look for clarity of vision, and to develop a dichotomy of harmony and tension.
I enjoy the technical challenges my work presents, whether applying the tesserae to a substrate that I cast in concrete, building up an armature of wire mesh, or repurposing ceramic roof tile. I create work that is durable, with a physical presence, and strong tactile sensations. To engage in creating art means risking, failing, and experimenting. At moments, the whole experience of creating my pieces reminds me of the time commitment and uncertainty of pregnancy and raising children!
The Pillows Series and Egg Series – my two largest projects – explore the feminine, but also express the contradictions therein. Both series recode feminine imagery through their interpretation and transcription into sculptural mosaics. In my pillows, I play with associations of softness, comfort, and lightness, while simultaneously expressing the seemingly contradictory properties of hardness, discomfort, and weight. Similarly, my eggs explore oppositions such as strength/fragility, and fertility/infertility. Through these objects, I open space for the multiple and the contradictory within the feminine.