"Jazz Paintings" evolve through a process of improvisation. Structure, texture, color and line develop intuitively with cut pieces of colored silk chiffon and acrylic paint brushed and melded into the surface of the canvas. Repeating squares function as harmonies and echoes.
Squares are foundational geometric figures, but animating them through a kind of visual dance sets up a counter rhythm that plays with expectation. Using watercolor in an abstract composition with squares takes advantage of the qualities of light and immediacy.
Mixed Media Jazz
Surface, paint and silk can be mixed in the digital darkroom to explore the possibilities of transformation and the creative process.
Letters to the Earth
I began a series of paintings motivated by my response to an interview with Elon Musk, chairman of the electric car company, Tesla Motors. Asked about why he gave away the patents for his motors, he talked about realizing the depth of the global infrastructure of the "petrol-industrial complex". In that moment I saw my own personal connection as the daughter of a petrochemical engineer who helped design chemical plants around the world. Then there was a shift as I thought about looking at the Earth from space. Growing up when astronauts were first circling the globe in spaceships, I remembered the reports of how moved these tough test pilots were by seeing the Earth as "our small blue planet".
The images continue and evolve. The process becomes an evolution into the act of painting. Pushing the possibilities is the realm of discovery and play. The Earth becomes an abstracted geometric form; A circle inscribed in a square is a foundational structure which generates ongoing variation.
Toward a Poetics of the Land
There are places in the land that call forth reverie and expansive vision, places where the experience opens up the world and makes it feel bigger than ourselves. This is a state where we can envision the future based on a sense of interconnectedness with other inhabitants of the land, our planet.
The Handmade mark
The handmade mark reveals the heart and life force of the artist. It is a signature and a visual voice that is unique and personal.
Forging a Vision
"Forging a Vision" traces how an image evolved from a process of combining images and ideas. A discarded brake rotor photographed on a concrete floor has a presence and elegance all its own. That image was mixed in the digital darkroom with scans of small abstract paintings, creating new hybrid images. The circle motif echoes our round planet. Somewhere in the back of my mind was the famous NASA photo of the Earth from space, known as "Blue Marble".
This series explores intersections of the natural and manmade worlds, ands mixes abstract mark making with images of the everyday world. The natural and manmade worlds are not separate worlds, but we perceive them in different ways. Combining photos with images of the artist's gestural marks is a way to "mix it up" so as to see things in a new way.