Artist's StatementWhen speaking of "the world" we often refer to only its human population. Humanistic systems seem to strip other species of their sovereignty and numb our awe of them. My work strives to combat this very narrow view.
With the paintings I've attempted to keep the depicted creature connected to her natural environment, making habitats an integral element of the work. The sculptural relief aspects of the paintings are made from cut and formed card stock paper and rubber cement. They are then attached with heavy gel medium onto layers of textured paper on canvas and covered with colored gesso. They are representative of a relationship of vital interdependence with the drawn animal. The drawing is done with Prismacolor pencils using a glazing technique traditionally used in oil painting. Instead of thinking in terms of background and foreground I want to depict the true intertwining of each component, getting closer to a "realism" of what we see and how we all live in the world.
The freestanding sculptures are all made from colored paper and rubber cement. There are no armatures. All are hollow and heavily layered, starting from one piece of paper. The process is one of cutting, using small curved scissors, and layering. I use paper cement not only to glue one patterned shape onto another but also to give each shape a rubbery, pliable nature that is able to bend and attach onto itself.
Taking many months to complete, a very deep relationship is formed in which the animal subject and I are in a dance. I listen to her story as I tell my own. We are both revealed.