Beginnings and endings intrigue me as they continually challenge the ability to plan one’s life. They inform many of my projects and have shaped my artistic vision. This has come about from many years of employment in roles that provide a unique view of the human experience: assisting patients, clients, and employees, as well as my own family facing significant illness, My artwork centers on memory and its effects on the self – how it evolves and how it is impacted by experience, time, space, routine, environment, and possessions inclusive of the loss of memory.
Through monoprints, mixed media, collage, and painting, my work explores a continuum of experience over time. The psycho-social importance of objects, experiences, and the impact of loss have been important aspects to my work. “Souvenirs are lost youth, lost friends, lost past happiness, they are the tears of things.” (Susan Pierce) They are also things that can “work on heart and memory like a line from a song.” (Barry Yourgrau)
As I explore memories that are built from my own experiences, I am also exploring the memories of others. My current work continues to explore fear, joy, and the early years of life. All of which incorporate the intrinsic and extrinsic connections that create memories and influence self-concept.