I arrive at my images through the process of monoprinting. I see an implied shape created by the repeated passes through the press and pull that form forward so that each print has its own spontaneous vitality. The shapes are organic, worn, sharp, and blunt, creating imagined worlds. The many passes through the press form an atmospheric and varied veil of color similar to water or thick air. This way of working allows me to generate new images and shapes that also remain connected through mark and the stenciling materials. I use found objects both from nature and the street to create new forms. This idea of finding edges and shapes in parts and pieces is inspired by artist Sal Cammarata. I remember as a child him holding up a Wrigley silver gum wrapper above an incredibly beautiful abstract graphite drawing and saying “I just found the shape and drew it”. Grace and beauty in the daily.
I have always drawn animals as they are a center point and balance to my life. As a young child I spoke very late and enjoyed the company of cats and dogs more than peers. I loved finding frogs and toads in the creeks and woods of Trumansburg and Ithaca in Upstate New York.
When I moved to the West Coast, I was impressed by the variety of animals and started painting them. The environment became increasingly present in my work after the birth of my daughter Cecile, which focused my attention on the environmental issues she and future generations will experience.
Folktales and myths have always been integral to my understanding of the world. Overtime, hybrid creatures and genetic engineering have blended with the mythological images of my childhood and I find myself drawing connections – the web of life to environment, food production, and the planet.
My inspiration for this show is Cecile, donuts, and pandas. I paint on intimate sized panels that are precious, and reminiscent of books and hand held snacks such as delicious donuts! These pieces are mixed media gouache paintings with screen printing, stamping, and collage on cradled birch panels finished with resin. This work celebrates all that is good, donuts, fun, and summertime