Breathing Room, 2021
Struggling with the virtual world over the past year, I've battled it by constructing 3 dimensional objects and places to be experienced. I have always been interested in architecture and how space can color or create atmosphere. At the beautiful Zuccaire gallery this oversize installation is called Breathing Room. I want the fluid tent like shape to float effortlessly in the 24 ft tall gallery, while commanding the space at the same time. I hope the viewer feels empowered, not dwarfed by this enormous room.
I am thinking of the overwhelm of the pandemic and our fear, and want the Breathing Room to be about fearlessness and the future.
In summing up a year of sadness, isolation and holding our breath, let's now reimagine the after-time.
What shall we keep?
With this sculpture I am searching for a way to finally experience abstracted joy. Building castles in the air.
Immersing ourselves in a sanctuary of color to exhale the past and inhale the future.
You are welcome - walk in, dream and breathe.
Soul Bath, 2021
The Soul Bath installation is sited in a giant commuter parking lot, a place I chose for several reasons.
It is a Covid testing site, and across the street is where the vaccines are now given. All in giant tents, which you drive through in your car bubble, eerily safe. I also chose this spot because parking lots are the most depressing places. Necessary but really just the worst that humanity can do as far as invention. It is their functionality that allows them to exist.
The idea of function is a preoccupation of mine
as an artist. I’m always questioning if art can be useful and exploring at what point an object becomes useless.
So my intervention here is a drive thru tent.
Can this tent, which I’ve rendered useless, inspire a new purpose? Can it remind us about how to overcome and what wonders await?
It is an exercise in the aesthetics of hope as it stands here glowing in the sun like a beacon, quite out of place in this giant parking lot. Can I make people feel lighter, feel joy, through an immersion in color, light and shadow?
Change is around the corner so maybe we need a space to dream about it.
Bartr Installation, 2020
This installation and interactive show opened in the midst of the pandemic at the Alloway Gallery in the fall of 2020.
A collection of one hundred handmade, unique ceramic vessels or bowls of various shapes and sizes is placed in a gallery and “bartered “ or traded with the audience. Exploring the process of exchange, ideas of value, alternate economies, individual creativity, aesthetics and above all social contracts.
The viewers select a bowl and perform a corresponding trade by leaving a note, poem, story, drawing or object of their choice.They then hang their barter on the wall and take their vessel home.Drawings or ink paintings of the vessels are hung around the walls of the gallery as an archive or memory. Explanatory texts written on the walls guide the viewer through the process.
Transactions empty the gallery of all the exhibited ceramic works as the show progresses leaving only the barter notes with individuals’ names and vessel drawings.
The images from the audience become part of an archive and a virtual continuation of the collaboration.
This is the last installation that I completed just at the start of the pandemic. At the time I was exploring ideas of living in the moment and thinking of unity and togetherness. I wanted to serve tea to those gathered around my table. I gave away ceramic bowls and embroidered napkins. I made vessels with multiple spouts and openings, bowls to contain quantities.
I was thinking of the politics of the "us versus me", which seems so prescient now in our time of social contracts. Reflecting on the images , I see the empty loneliness and separation. Even the colours in the piece are uncharacteristically faded and muted as if foreshadowing our present moment of stillness.
Camera of Curiosity, 2019
My camera obscura is an experiment in experiential art making. It is a personal viewer reminiscent of trust games in that it involves a partnership in initially navigating without eyes. It is a Camera of Curiosity, a strange and unfamiliar object that eventually allows one to see what is behind you. The always surprising images are only viewed by the participant and only recorded by memory. They appear gradually and slowly come into focus like mysterious apparitions of another world. One that is now upside down and backwards yet still strangely familiar.
By capturing the living moment, with all parts in focus at the same time, the mystery of the camera’s image continues to intrigue us with its elusive reality, in a world transformed, floating between fact and fiction.
Camera Of Curiosity
Drawings and plans for Camera
Polynation Installation, 2019
Welcome to Polynation, a maximal sensory relaxation and living locale. The pieces installed here seek to extend the growing season and form a hybrid meld of plastic compounds, commodified product wrap, soft surround seating and home grown live greenery to encourage stress-free sociability and hint at an alternately imagined future. This installation promotes an interplay of space, stretches time for the viewer and encourages aesthetic and attitudinal enlightenment. A cross pollinating micro utopia is in full bloom. Enjoy.
Polynation Tapestries and details
Port D'or, 2019
As part of my ongoing interest in exploring the possibilities of building a more inclusive, utopian future through art actions, I made this hammock sculpture out of mylar emergency blankets and old oars.The fragile, golden material designed to be used in extreme and desperate situations is contrasted here with the leisurely form of a hammock, alluding to the strikingly different perceptions of value in our not yet pluralistic society.
I am interested in creating something that did not exist before, where the meaning does not obviously emerge , but must be constructed differently by each person. I’d like the audience to sense the familiar and the foreign, the shelter and its precariousness. Where are we going? Is there enough gold for everyone? The absurdity is that its only plastic. All is illusion.”
Port D'or Installation at The Money Show.
Port D'or details and Money Show Installation
Hammock Flag, 2019
What is the form of home?
I am interested in our complex perceptions of everyday forms. The old hammock hanging in my yard is rarely used, and came from a yard sale, yet its form says "relaxation" or maybe even "privilege" . Some hammocks imply alternate ways of thinking, suggesting impermanence and travel. Because of this dual connotation both as a symbol of leisure and of survival, I wanted to explore the form by making a biographical hammock flag. It become a safe space like a portable home, one that includes my own memories, toys, and even cutlery. Using saved scrap fabric, ornaments, found objects and bric-a-brac, I quilted an abstract, personal flag. I now fly it between two trees like a sanctuary.
Hammock Painting details
Governors Island Installation Wallpaper, 2019
A documentation of the Governor's Island Portal Kaleidoscope installation which took place over 5 weekends in September, 2019.
The images show the public interacting with my giant Kaleidoscope situated on a porch of the Colonels row officers homes, which are now used as art exhibition spaces. Chosen from over 1000 photos taken over the course of the installation, this non repeating "wallpaper" records the individual stories and experiences of the people that come to enjoy the Governor's Island park each summer.
Though originally designed to contemplate the surrounding landscape, this kaleidescopic viewer became much more about individuals looking at each other. And in turn, about me looking at them.
Kaleidoscope Installation Photo Documentation.
Voices of Trees , 2019
I drive to my studio everyday through miles of forest, thinking about nature and the magical qualities of trees.
I am fascinated with the mysticism and spirituality of a forest, and instead of always taking, I wanted to honor and bring awareness to the trees by giving them something.
Large ceramic jewels hang from the branches like natural talismans to empower and protect the trees(mostly from us). The pendants are kinetic and spin or turn depending on their placement or the direction of the wind.
The organic shapes and colors of the giant beads suggest a history, like an unnamed religion . All of a sudden the forest becomes the setting of a mysterious performance where humans are only the observers and the trees are the silent masters.
Voices of Trees Installation
Voices of Trees Beads(details)
Forest Bath Installation, 2019
This installation is an enveloping montage of photographs of the forest recorded over the course of a year looking out the same window. The trees viewed through the window flow into the forest images encircling the room like a calendar or a diary.
The center the space is filled with “moss” seating from which to view the trees in all the seasons.
There is an accompanying sound track of bird and forest sounds.
Is it possible to synthesize the totality of nature?
Forest Bath (detail) Moss rock seating
Forest Bath (detail) "September to May "
Rosy Future, 2018 - 19
Conceived in November of 2018 in response to all the women running for congress in the midterm election, Rosy Future was an election action and an exploration of the power of womanhood.
Intrigued by the intersection of textiles and politics, I crocheted the dress form of “Rosy Future” as a signpost and monument to the women who are finally (and again) gaining political and personal power in our society.
The sculpture is made from weather resistant materials like the 60% violet shade cloth used in greenhouses to increase growth and blooms in flowers and vegetables.
“Rosy Future” can be installed indoors with actual grass sod around the base, to function as a forceful, symbolic monument. It is larger than life and hopefully inspires the audience to enact positive change for the future.
There is an interactive component with a “How to“ video link. It documents the process of making “Rosy Future” and is a clear roadmap for those who would like to build their own.
Rosy Future Alloway Gallery Installation 2019
Seat of Power, 2019
Reading room installation and Seat of Power (detail)
Colossal Kaleidoscope 2018
In this “Altered Perception“ series of art works I 'm discovering how light transforms our perspectives of the physical universe. Can we believe what we see? How do we know what we actually see?
The recent 'proof' of the existence of black holes fascinates me and I want to explore the idea that through observation and our collective imagination, truth and fiction can meld into one.
The Colossal Kaleidoscope is room-sized sculpture that engages the viewer with ever-changing, brilliant patterns of a fragmented reality. Unlike traditional kaleidoscopes and depending on its surroundings, this sculpture reflects the room and the viewer in it. Relative to its position, the patterns created are as unique as the person looking through it.
I want to allow for a space that is both invented and real, where the viewer can create their own dazzling cosmos.
Memory Pool , 2018
‘The Memory Pool’ is initially very personal installation about memory and gradually transformed into a ‘container’ space for audience participation. Dancers, students, teachers and friends were invited to experience the room which included a video of day and night water reflections and accompanying sound track .The audience was invited to sit on floating furniture or in the ‘water’. Some of the participants reactions were recorded and included in a book documenting the entire installation.
Memory Pool Installation (detail) and book