Observations about the physical and cultural spaces surrounding me drives my examination of the context in which things relate to each other and to me.
After finishing my degree in anthropology I studied art, which is real time extemporaneous culture study.
This interest in culture and examination of my place within it manifests itself in my current art practice. The irony of reflecting upon myself in cultural context was apparent recently as I stood, hammering chards off of a block of glass to form primitive rocklike formations for a sculpture. After years of contemplation and thousands of years of culture change, I am not much different than a cave woman creating a form that will eventually become a cultural artifact that someone else will study.
During my trailblazing career in the electrical industry as one of its first female electricians, I learned about walls. Walls that served to isolate spaces and people from each other as well as those providing a sense of both place and community.
Building foundation walls and demising walls, I was always cognizant that space was being redefined…building up, building out, walled in, walled off and walled out…a sculpture without a title.
Materials were stacked, moved, cut and assembled in a constant stream of serial change. The walls remained the reference point in the growing spacial assemblage- in front of – in back of- around them.
My contribution to those walls remained unseen- electrical wires installed in-between one side of a wall and another. Nothing more than concepts until lights were turned on.
The transformation of materials, textures and shapes into the formation of a building inspired my thinking about process, progression, place and time.
Now, I engage with a variety of materials pushed, marked upon, reorganized and arranged on walls and in front of them.
2019 Works on Paper; Brand 47; Juror Alma Ruiz
Shades of Gray; O'Hanlon Art
Center; Juror Suzanne Gray
Go Figure; Sebastopol Center Arts
2018 Cutting Edge: Benicia Arts Center
Spring Juried Art Exhibition;Falkirk Cultural Center; Juror- Lynn Sondag
2017 Water; Ohanlon Art Center
2016 Landscapes; Sebastopol Center for the Arts; “Shasta Fire”:
2015 Microcosmos; Gallery 621; “Emerging”; Juror – Chester Arnold
2014 Landscapes, Seascapes & Urbanscapes; Pacific Art League
2013 30 x 30; Blue Line Arts
2012 The Art of Light; Sebastopol Center for the Arts; Juror: Susan Pitcher;
“Fragile” (Merit Award), “38 Degrees”
2011 Yerba Buena Center for the Arts; “Participants”
- B.A. Anthropology
- San Francisco Art Institute
- Cincinnati Art Academy (won second year competition for full scholarship)