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I am both a writer and visual artist. Text and materiality are central to my art. I am interested in the verbal and visual nature of thought; the mysterious relationship between language and consciousness; and the interplay between conscious and unconscious knowing. By giving body to words, I assert a complimentary relationship between word and image. Wordplay creates linkages between images and words and is an important aspect of my artistic practice. I sometimes also approach image and word as interchangeable and some of my work contains no text at all.
My art is influenced by the literary arts. It contains observations about contemporary culture and also addresses various aspects of human nature and human experience. Subject matter for my work has included longing and desire, intimacy and alienation, external appearance and inner reality, and self-knowledge and self-deception. I draw directly from my own emotional history and its tangled roots in biology, family, society and culture as part of my practice.
The media and tools I use to make my art is the stuff of everyday life: Cardboard boxes, sheets and blankets, needles and thread, pencils and paper, scissors and glue. Though the subject matter of each work may vary, implicit in my use of vernacular media is a validation of the creative potential in the ordinary, and the age-old tradition of comingling art and everyday life. My techniques speak to the significance of touch and ”doing” that honors “being.”