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About the Work

Always fascinated by history and  enthralled with old photographs, my work is often a dialog with the past. My  textile pieces call forth the ghost into the room, searching for a way to connect our present condition with the human experience of those who came before. As a clinical social worker, I am ever searching for connections with others; the emotions and commonalities of experience that bind us together and define what it means to be human. The eyes of the human face often betray the mask that people present to the world at large. Through portraiture, I seek to penetrate this facade and expose the emotion hidden from view. My latest work focuses on the themes of hardship, sacrifice, survival and heroism. Other figurative pieces explore the geography of the human body. Influenced by the paintings of Alice Neal, Lucien Freud and the photography of Diane Arbus, I prefer the study of common people over celebrity and equally appreciate both the absurdity and beauty of the human form.

I use a variety of textiles in my art. Silk, velvet, denim and corduroy, as well as traditional cottons are sewn together using using paper piecing construction. Some textiles are purchased on trips and others are re-purposed clothing bought at resale stores. Fabrics  are enhanced with paint, pastels, and colored pencils, then embellished with embroidery, beads and found objects. Cyanotype and heliographic prints capture the natural world. I use heavy free-motion  machine quilting as a personal signature to add texture and unify my textile art.

 

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