work with encaustic seems like a fusion of many of my past
art explorations; which included ceramics, papermaking, printmaking,
photography and mixed media collage. There is a sensuality
of material and a sense of partnership with the medium that
is integral to my enjoyment of the process and to the success
of any piece. It is tactile, malleable and rich and also
allows the delight of using a fragrant byproduct of the interaction
of bees with flowers. It feels akin to cooking, creating
a surface that often exudes an edible quality. Unpredictable
and surprising effects happen frequently and there is a constant
interplay between transparency, opacity, layering and subtle
dimensionality. By combining drawing and paper with wax the
potential of this interplay seems infinitely expanded.
Most of the recent images ( 2008 Gallery 1 and 2009 Gallery) are from a group of artworks I’ve been calling “The String Series.” In this series, delicate line and cursive doodle are used to imply the ever-changing unraveling world, a body individual and global, constantly unmade and remade, transitory and tenuous. Each piece features a hand gesture, which symbolizes the actor, the doer, the energy that effects and takes action on its environment. Together, line and gesture form a visually compelling work, rich with shifting metaphors and compound meaning.
my work, while created to explore my own interests and inner
narratives, is broad enough that others are able to draw
pleasure and meaning from the images. The world seems to
me mysterious, lush and lovely, dangerous, disquieting and
complex and we all totter and balance and dance under a strange
accretion of emotion and sensation, culture, memories and
media. In the making of these objects I endeavor to expose
a moment of that mystery and create a sense of both recognition
and visual satisfaction.