How would you describe your art?
“Conglomerate” is a word that works. I take little pieces from different places and put them together to form a whole different thing. I not only use textiles, twine, and bits of broken glass and mirrors to physically construct my pieces, but I look to the folklore, art, poetry, literature, spiritualism and symbolism of various cultures (past and present) and reference them in ways that help me to express my ideas.
Describe your creative process.
Most of the time I start out with an idea, that I research. I take notes which also includes a form of free association that leads me on a journey in itself. Then I do a rough sketch, and lay the foundation or “bones” of my piece using twine or thick yarn which I glue, then sew to the surface. After that I jump in with the color and texture. Eventually,(my favorite part) the piece takes on a life of its own and guides me to where it wants to take me until I’m there.
What are your favorite materials/mediums to work with?
Fabrics of every kind. I especially love worn and used textiles and have worked with everything from old burlap to fine silk. I love metallic thread, old ribbons, and embroidery scraps. Curtains and clothing have made their way into my work and I have a collection of Indian saris that I go to often. I am also fond of broken mirrors and old jewelry.
What are you trying to communicate with your art?
I am literally “putting the pieces together” to form a whole. To me it is a metaphor for life. I am drawing from different elements and ideas – taking a little bit of this and a little bit of that – to make something else, that hopefully strikes a chord with the viewer. It is my way of expressing or sharing the different aspects and experiences of being a human being, interacting and existing in this big, old, terrifying, wonderful world.
What’s your favorite quote & why?
George Eliot- “It is never to late to be what you might have been.”
I have always wanted to be an “artist” and there have been many stops and starts along the way as far as actually creating art. Self doubt and other responsibilities contributed to keeping me from doing it with any consistency. Now, at 61 years old, I have the time, and more importantly, have the lost the fear of sharing my work with others. It’s comforting to think that it’s not too late to become the artist that has always been inside me.