Art to me has more to do with spirit than with the finished object. Art peers into the dusty drawer of the artist's personal history. Art is the resurrection of an ancestor's tea-stained imaginary world. An untouchable past is opened, hopes for the future are explored and the joys and anxieties of the human experience are expressed; all in a personal symbolic language. That to me is art.
My own personal symbolic language reflects my interests and the circumstances of my life. To create it, I have drawn from the Tarot, Gnosticism, my family history, fairy tales, feminism and Jungian psychology. My personal symbolic language is growing and changing all the time; just as I am. Through my art, I have been able to record my personal mythology and create spirituality for myself in an otherwise secular world.
I create my art using a wide variety of materials. My 2-D pieces are primarily in oils, encaustics, and watercolors, and my 3-D pieces are assemblages and doll-like fabric constructions. In all of my work, I am concerned with preserving the layers of the art-making process and creating a patina of use and age to invoke feelings of both great familiarity and preciousness. I try to create a sense of shallow space as if the subject matter is in a shadow-box or diorama. This way, the objects and their relationships to each other become the real subjects of the artwork and they can more easily take new meanings like objects in an old-fashioned curiosities cabinet.
My art is my contribution to the traditions that I am a part of: my family tradition, the artistic tradition and the feminine tradition. This is my expression of that legacy.