Is There a Mother in the House
Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL April 13-May 5, 2018, Opening April 13, 6-8pm
Shoreline City Hall, Shoreline, WA May 8-July 28, 2018, Opening May 8, 6:30-8:30
I know for certain that life is always changing . . . but some things linger. A curiosity about the influence of memory and the transition of generations arose from the juxtaposition of simultaneously raising children and caring for my mother during her battle with cancer. My early paintings were rooted in black and white photos found in the family album, antique stores and thrift shops. Mixed media pieces combined mono print techniques and traditional brush work in an attempt to animate those who had gone before.
The fascination with things that linger in our memory has expanded to explore objects and events past with an eye towards our collective future. A leaning towards abstraction has broadened my craft in both technique and media. The result is a more intuitive approach to brushwork with an emphasis on built up unstructured layers of paint providing glimpses of a previous completed painting, old structures providing scaffolding for the new. These days, I find myself interested more in the idea of the thing, rather than the physicality of the thing itself. My images give the viewer a nudge, but it is for them to create the narrative, much like the fluidity of a memory and an imagined future.