I explore the relationship between the visible and the invisible, between the materiality of my work and its inner meaning. In our current social climate of chaos, violence and frequent crisis, I am inviting the viewer to engage in moments of quiet and serenity, investigate our commonalities and encourage cross-cultural dialogue. My work is grounded in an inquiry of time, in terms of memory, physical changes, and movement in space, and light as a “giver of presence” within form. Recent studies in Japan were vital to my work. Although I have studied contemporary Japanese architecture for years, this cultural immersion to see and experience the spiritual quietness and connection to nature was revealing and inspirational.
Working with the bandsaw as a drawing tool is a starting point for the three-dimensional work. I think of wood as a soft material, cutting through laminated blocks of wood based on quick drawings I refer to as “envelope sketches”. I often cast forms in resin, introducing qualities of light and transparency, while maintaining the natural texture of wood in the casting. I am interested in making delicate forms of light and air that invite a closer look.
Layering copper plates or silkscreens, I print on handmade paper or linen, one layer at a time, building surfaces that fuse color and texture. I often use materials from the three dimensional work in the prints and overlap ideas from one medium to the other. It seems natural to work in multiples and series and think of my prints as three dimensional – looking through space. My prints and silkscreens are typically large scale, giving the viewer a closer connection to the physically of the work. Recently learning Mokuhanga (Japanese woodblock printing) from a master carver in Kyoto opened up new ways to work with wood as a matrix for printing.
Art, for me, is still and silent, both physical and emotional, and lives by companionship and contemplation. Uniting all of my work is the desire to reveal the essential and timeless nature of form. I am searching for ethereal qualities concealed between the layers of the seen and the unseen – between light and shadow. I believe art has the power to bridge differences and express connections, however fragile, in the ways we are connected universally.