Book Cutout Collage
This Zine is my exploration between realism and abstraction. What is more realistic; an image a machine takes of the stars? A chart with facts and figures? Or a Portrait? The struggle between realism and abstraction represents the struggle between an idea and an end result. Images of Charles Csuri’s Hummingbird animation are embroidered on top of the collaged images.
Thread on watercolor paper
23″ X 16.5″
Friend or Foe is an exploration of our atmosphere and relationship to the Sun. I find I have always attached positive emotional responses to the Earth and the Sun. The Earth is associated with trees, grassy lawns, and beaches. The Sun associated with shorts, suntans, and late summer evenings. Beyond those superficial reasons we need both to survive. As we slowly experience the self inflicted results of global warming and the previous damage done to the ozone the Earth and Sun take on a new uncaring and impartial persona. Friend or Foe can also be seen as the Earth’s natural response to humans based on how we treat our planet.
Thread on watercolor paper
15″ X 21″
A purple hyacinth symbolizes forgiveness. Colorful threads represent the weft of time. This piece is depicts the confrontation between a woman at the end of her life with her younger self.
Fabric and thread on watercolor paper
17.5″ X 13.5″
Shows the relationship between women, their chosen clothes, and their natural bodies.
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Gold/Blue/Red SOLD September 2018 Black Market
Fabric, wire, book collage
12″ X 10″
Trees are silent observers. Their apparent timeless indestructible facade stands witness to everything and anything. When I look at them I think of fairy tales and everyday magic. They make me happy, sad, scared, and awed just like the best stories.
Past art work and wire
20″ X 17″ X 16″
Homage to Failure is a shrine built in honor of all my past failings. It is all my past artwork that I have kept collaged into a sphinx like creature. The Sphinx was a story about a creature with a head of a woman, body of a lion, and wings of an eagle that went around asking everyone the same riddle. Many people failed to answer and only person succeeded. It represents the overpowering importance of the discarded journey.
Failure rules most peoples lives and decisions. People are often motivated by fear of failure, avoidance of past failures, or learning experiences cause by failures. If you think about how often people hope/pray to avoid failure, it seems to be a god just based on it’s reputation and relevance. One that people fear and definitely do not respect. I am at a point in my life where I am trying to view Failure as an adventure and not something to be ashamed of. Life is literally a journey that involves more failures than successes. If I continue to fear and be ashamed of failure the result will be being scared and embarrassed about the majority of life.
SOLD at Altarations: A Selection of Shines at DAP July 2018
45″ X 62″
Flower a Day is constructed by crocheting one flower for everyday for two years. It is supposed to be a practice in mindfulness and a way to battle the race of time. The colors represent different emotions; the closer to blue the more at peace and content I am, the closer to red the more uncomfortable and unbalanced I feel. I repeat colors when I miss a series of days to show the weeks I was not paying attention as well as I could.
Crochet Pattern Here.
Mixed media on leather with wire
26″ X 19″
Sacred, not Precious is a Self Portrait. It started with my desire to cut open who I am and see what was inside. From there it naturally evolved and developed in different directions. This piece in an apt representation for, like myself, it will never feel finished.
Mixed media on fabric with thread
28″ X 32″
Rooted Thoughts illustrates “Thought”. An idea can originate from different places and have different motivations or drives then turn into something very different once it enters reality. In addition it might create unexpected ripples.
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