My work is informed by architecture as well as archeology. These may seem diametrically opposed in that the latter examines the past while the prior looks to future possibilities.
I combine both perspectives by bringing discarded objects together and drawing geometrical shapes to create new abstract and human forms in either two or three-dimensional space.
As a young girl in Youngstown, Ohio, I loved making houses with toy blocks and creating cardboard cities from small boxes, popsicle sticks and string. My mother was an artist and she always looked at my models with genuine interest which prompted me to want to make more things.
My obsession with sculptural forms continued throughout my life. For years I’ve used wood, metal, paper, plastic, rocks and found objects to construct abstract three-dimensional assemblages.
I also study the human form. Deconstructing it with geometric pencil strokes and adding objects for a tactile dimension. I call this body of work “Human Architecture” and it has extended the range of my voice in the discourse of artmaking.
My husband was a scientist and a physician who believed that science and art are symbiotic. He often challenged me to push my work beyond the object toward a multi-dimensional reality that examines the human spirit and life force that lives deep inside all of us.
When he was diagnosed with brain cancer, I witnessed how a technician draped a warm sheet of perforated plastic over his face to make a mask for radiation treatment. The plastic cooled into a glistening lace-like translucent mold with an exact impression of my husband’s head and face.
I kept that mask which later became the inspiration for an installation piece called “You are not a Statistic. You are a Person” slated to be installed at the Ivy Brain Tumor Center in Phoenix, Arizona. This installation was not about cancer or grief or loss. It’s about moving away from fear and seeing the life energy from within ourselves. Like scientists, artists are seekers of truth too.
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