Thursday, October 31, 2013

Fall Exhibition News



                                                   Vertical Lines                                                                       15”hx15”wx8”d                  

Encaustic, Cheesecloth hand dyed by artist, Hemp cord, Wire, Found metal   


[v. in-vahyt; n. in-vahyt]    verb, in·vit·ed, in·vit·ing, noun
verb (used with object)
1. to request the presence or participation of in a kindly, courteous, or complimentary way, especially to request to come or go to some place, gathering, entertainment, etc., or to do something.

                                                      Unfulfilled Dream                                                        6"hx32"wx7"d

Encaustic, Cheesecloth hand dyed by artist, Hemp cord, Wire, Found metal
It is always nice to receive an invitation.  Although, today it is usually in the form of an evite, non-the-less it is always nice to be asked. 

As an artist, it is especially nice to be asked to participate in an exhibition.  I was very happy to receive such an invitation last month from Beate Minkovski, the director for Woman Made Gallery in Chicago.  The jurors for the upcoming exhibiton. From the Earth, Mary Stoppert and Carmen Perez have invited me to exhibit three of my sculptures; Vertical Lines, Unfulfilled Dream and Coming Together.

Coming Together


Encaustic, Cheesecloth, Wire

This will be my first exhibition at Woman Made Gallery.  From the Earth runs from November 15 to December 22, 2013.  The opening reception is November 15, 2013, 6-9pm. 

Woman Made Gallery
685 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60642


Tuesday, October 8, 2013


The Power of Place
encaustic, fiber, hemp cord, wire 
Inspiration can come from anywhere.  As an artist, I am inspired by the urban landscape. I am drawn to the innate sense of randomness, clutter and change that can define an urban existence.   The landscape of the city and its architecture can seem unwelcoming with its hard edges and its overflow of inhabitants.  In actuality, there is an inherent harmony that exists in a city.  The visual repetitiveness and symmetry of the buildings themselves to the city plans they fill. The cacophonies of sounds that can, with their aspect of constancy, make for a soothing element of dependability.  And while certainly, there is a certain discordant relationship among some city dwellers, there is a remarkable interchange of order among the majority of inhabitants.  I am also inspired by those people, whose visions helped to create this world. 


The Power of Place
My latest sculpture, The Power of Place, was inspired by Richard Serra.  This remarkable artist is known for his large-scale, minimalistic sculptures that invite the exchange between the viewer, the site and the piece itself.  His large steel works are often site-specific and are designed to dwarf the viewer.  I am drawn to his work as it often has a feeling of flowing movement and is always complex in its simplicity. With my own sculptures, I try to pare down basic elements of color, shape and movement into elegant simplified forms.  I explore the right angled urban world and how people live in this environment.  How they interact with the spaces, the architecture and with each other.   Serra has said that his sculptures create new spaces within existing spaces which makes me associate a level of architectural design to his work.  While encountering his work, walking around it and through it, you are forced to acknowledge the space around you which often includes the people around you who are sharing this experience.
The Power of Place


Two interesting videos on Richard Serra installations at MoMA: