When I begin a piece, my first concern is the narrative I want to convey, always important to me as a former museum exhibits producer.
Recently, I have been interested in the links between ancient and modern culture that transform place and time. For example, ancient Asian influences might mix with Sixteenth Century French textile styles and with the bold and colorful designs of an indigenous people in my pieces. Recent travels to Italy, Mexico, Thailand, and Bhutan have greatly influenced my work with color and materials. For some of the pieces, window treatments and door moldings have been reused from homes in China to frame a design based on ancient Chinese scrolls. Instead of silk and ink, I use glass from Italy, tile from Spain along with wood and found objects to form the design of branches, blossoms, fish, insects and other common themes from both Asian and Western art. Found objects range from carved figures from temples that have been destroyed to gears from a clock and porch trim from houses in the American South.
My overall goal is to mingle realism with abstraction, and two-dimensional forms with sculptural design. I am interested in found objects as by-products and interpreters of history. Whether architectural, biological or botanical, these remnants provide a powerful and unique statement within the overall narrative.
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