United is an installation that was created over a 3 year period, with several revisions (formally titled Hope). It is comprised of 180 unique hand built pairs of wall hung porcelain wings. The large wings mounted in the center radiate to the smallest wings mounted along the perimeter, lending the work a domed effect. The wings are drawn from the white dove; a symbol of peace. 

When I was working on studies to explore different arrangments, I used the collage method, working with photographs of an earlier loose arrangement of the wings, I cut the wings out and created scaled down versions of two possible arrangements. I settled on the circle, but there remains the possibility of exploring other arrangements in the future that relate to the space where the work is shown. This installation is fluid and adaptable.

While printing out the photographs, my printer ran out of ink and the off color prints led to the idea of using a gelled (colored) light on the work, which then led to the idea of creating a video overlay. I decided to collaborate with a friend, Dan Lauer,  who is an animator. I wanted to produce a video layered over United that spoke about the gun violence epidemic we have in this country. 

I have included images of the work in priogress, as well as United with the video overlay in this section. 


I have been working with wings since 2012, when I created the work Grounded, (a work part of I Am She) which were two large wings joined by rope and hung on the wall on a nail. The work is a statemnt about girls not being permitted to be educated in developing countries. Since then I have been creating and exploring various iterations of wings drawn from the white dove, a symbol of peace. Wall mounted, on a pedestal, twisted and manipoulated. Here is the work.

In this series, Lee Friedlander’s iconic photographs of nudes serve as my source material. I chose his photographs because the women are often composed in interesting, uncontrived positions, appearing at ease with their sensuality. Working simply with the figure, form and abstraction, I begin by creating a maquette, to understand the composition of the figure three dimensionally. As this nascent body of work develops, it will serve as a study of the female figure across the disciplines of sculpture and photography. 

 

 

The figure deconstructed.

Rocks and boulders have always intrigued me, especially those that are worn smooth by the ocean, recording their journey on their worn surface. This body of work began with photographs I had taken of large boulders that sit on the beach in Block Island. They stand strong, year after year, as watchman to the human destruction of the earth.

 The works in this series explore our natural world through an altered perspective, drawing attention to concerns of climate change, deforestation and our deteriorating environment. Employing the techniques of mold making, I slip cast sculptures I created of the rocks in my photographs, altering the perspective from landscape to wallscape, I engage a variety of materials with clay to express various environmental concerns.

Creating a sculpture with no particular direction in mind, just intuition, building a playful pitcher or using the leftover pieces from my figurative sculptures to create the hybrid Upcycle series, all demonstrate the playfulness I crave between working on challenging peices.

In this exhibition, I examine issues relating to feminism past, present and future, exploring the causes of gender based violence and inequality, from both a personal and global perspective.

In the beginning....
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