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About This Artist
I create mixed media sculpture with rattan, handmade paper, cast flax and silk fiber, sometimes embellished with mono-prints infused with indigo, sumi ink and handmade plant based inks and stains.
Making and the art of transformation from tangible to intangible returning to a tangible form is very alluring for me. I am interested in working with materials that translate my appreciation for mother-nature's installations formed by water, wind, light and dark. Patterns in nature, textures and seasonal changes inform my sculptures that reveal primitive and refined qualities. Aside from nature's inspiration, I’m also interested in the concept of the ethereal journey, motherhood, vacancy, loss, renewal and how emotional responses can evoke beauty.
I began making Asian style paper with kozo fiber in 1987. My journey with paper and sculpture has been varied from light fixtures to stone carving to ethereal mixed media sculpture. The thread of my creative process always begins with paper. I’m excited about creating the Chrysalis series that feels like a merging of many techniques developed over the years bringing many voices together that I refer to as contemplative sculpture.
Q&A With This Artist
A: I use multiple techniques to develop surface texture with handmade kozo paper, flax roving, thread, ink, paper pulp, ink. The interior form is made with lashed rattan and waxed linen thread.
A: I love making paper with kozo fiber. I love texture and form. I'm inspired by nature. The process of transforming tangible to intangible to tangible is the thread of my creative process.
A: My work is an invitation to experience calm in the chaos.
A: My work can be quite mysterious. The forms are organic in nature. They invite the viewer to look inside.
A: I feel deep gratitude to my first teacher and mentor, Carole Beadle who guided me toward 3D Fiber Sculpture. Also, Patricia Bengtson, my stone carving mentor. And, Mrs. McGuire who introduced me to the world of plants and snails when I was seven years old.
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