I am fascinated by cosmology, particle physics and how matter, existence and consciousness emerged. We find ourselves part of this mysterious system where things aren’t what them seem. My newest works are contemplations on how space and time form our perception of reality. The process of making these drawings also serve to chronicle the passing of time. In this way, I create an object that quantifies my life.
On a purely visual basis, I am looking to create texture and tactility that is most often found in paintings. My process begins with Google Earth as source material. The locations are irrelevant, instead I look for places with formations that speak to an idea I wish to communicate. I will use this place as a guide to create something else - a disconnected, otherworldly object. The circles loosely represent the idea of light, but not necessarily physical light. I find that the circles, along with the fine lines within the background, add balance to the compositions. They create a satisfying push and pull between the organic and the rigid. By using a wide range of graphite pencils I am able to create a unique, dimensional quality on the flat surface of the clay board support.
I used to have an intense fear of flying, and although I still had to fly a lot, I hated the anxiety and discomfort that I faced when I traveled. After completing a fear of flying course I was able to look out of the window of the plane. I found it to be interesting both visually and intellectually and this led me to the use of Google Earth as a way to control the visual experience of flying and exploration. Over the years my work has explored ideas about voyeurism and paranoia, land-use issues and humanity’s impact on the landscape, nuclear contamination and emotional states.
In 2006 I quit my job as an art appraiser at Bonhams and Butterfields Auctioneers to stay at home with my newborn son. The many years of viewing and handling a vast and diverse amount of artwork that cycled through the auction house transformed how I thought about creating. Feeling rejuvenated and inspired by motherhood, my long hiatus from drawing came to an end. Having been educated at Kutztown University of PA (BFA - Drawing) and Pratt Institute (MS Art History) I have been able to combine my love of both theory and practice in my daily work.