My work is defined by mark-making, color and the interplay of one with the other cross-pollinating and informing the totality of the whole. Each piece is comprised of remnants from previous work that I have saved over the years. Using these remnants is a major part of my creative process as they lead me to sparks of the past, present and future which inspire my work. It is critical to me that my materials come from my history as they allow me to contemplate other places and times. Creating new work from these “history-laden” pieces is the cornerstone of what the work will become and the unspoken layer of each piece. These materials are my way of drawing marks, shapes and forms on the paper. The images that emerge return me to my childhood or as Camus said, the “oeuvre, the life-work, is the journey back to the simple, great images on which the heart first opened.” For me, this sentence perfectly describes my relationship with my materials and my imagery. In addition to the use of saved materials, color plays a major role in the work and is the emotional underpinning of any piece. Color ties the disparate materials, shapes and forms together into the whole. My work is a reflection on the state of solitude necessary to create, as well as the place to which my subconscious returns to reconnect to the past.
In my latest work, I have freed myself from my reliance on more conventional means to make marks or forms. This evolution began after the death of my mother and my long stay taking care of her. While with her, I spent many hours experimenting with tapestry after which I realized that my aesthetic was not well suited to weaving. Upon returning home, I brought with me my mother’s button collection and wanted to incorporate this into my work as a means of honoring our connection. It was at this point that I recognized how critical using my saved remnants is to the core of my creative process. It had simply not occurred to me on a conscious level that saving everything connected to my work is the foundation of what I make. It was my desire to use the buttons and the wool as elements that finally showed me what I had been doing all along – saving and reusing all my snippets of things to create the new. I add thread, wire, buttons, and collage and make new elements out of these materials, such as braiding the wool or thread, sewing with the wire, making my own “buttons” out of cotton, silk or wool thread material. These newly created components are as important as the older, saved remnants. They are made from the old and thus become the new. The past into the present, which becomes the future, uncovering new sources for further exploration of my creative process.