My work explores the complexities of the natural world through mixed media work and outdoor public sculpture. Fascinated by botanical forms and biological systems, I create work that embraces the fluidity and mysteries of nature, reveling in curves and the interlacing plant or cellular forms. I immerse myself in the world of plants and insects in my garden. My idea of a great day is visiting a botanical garden, discovering the growth patterns of plants and intricacy that is found in nature. It doesn't hurt to have a palm tree nearby! Open and closed forms and positive/negative space are issues that interest me, creating lively plays of light and shadow.
My smaller scale studio work involves the cutting, sewing and weaving of painted paper and Mylar. Drawings on Mylar are cut into strips, woven into a paper matrix shape, and often completed with a brass form outline that is stitched on. Final pieces integrate craft based techniques and materials with fine art concepts. In these woven drawings, some parts are pre-determined; others come into play purely by chance. It’s a balance between forethought and the unexpected. I'm often surprised by the results - making the work journey interesting and fun!
The drawing and I interact until some solution coincides with the intended scheme. This improvisational process of give and take ultimately appears as a work expressing movement and exuberance. My desire is to draw viewers into the process, engaging them in discovery as well.
My large-scale public artwork is fabricated primarily in aluminum. I incorporate images of cell structures, leaves, and plant forms. Designs are digitally rendered and cut from aluminum using a water-jet technique.
As a visual artist interested in sculpture and public spaces, I have designed and fabricated a number of public artworks in the Baltimore/Washington regional area. I totally LOVE the idea of a community being surprised and embracing both pride and ownership of sculpture in the public realm. Public artworks include Particle Portal, an expansive automatic gate - a public art commission for the Maryland Public Health Laboratory in Baltimore, MD. Ferngate, Ginkgo Canopy and Sassy Bench, installed in December 2015/2016, are permanent works at Brookside Gardens in Silver Spring, MD. Other works are Passage, a sculptural entrance to Jesup Blair Park, in Silver Spring, MD and fountain grates at Baltimore's City Hall plaza.
To be clear, public art is not for the faint of heart. After being selected for two light rail stations for the Redline Light rail project in Baltimore City, the whole project was canceled. In 2017 I was awarded an Art-in-Transit commission for the Riggs Road Station for the Purple Line Light Rail in Washington, DC. I am designing fence panels for the walkway to the station. That project should be coming along in 2020! I worked on the Brookside Gardens project from 2007-2016 (nine years!) . Yes, there was a hiatus from 2008-2010 which gave me time to think about the original proposals. My initial plans transformed and I am happy with the results.
I am deeply committed to education. I have been visiting lecturer and workshop leader in many colleges and universities. I retired after 13 years from my position as Education Director for the Creative Alliance where I was the founder for literature-based visual and performance arts programs after school and in summer serving over 1,200 youth annually in Baltimore City. My strongest hope is that the ALL young people in Baltimore City are presented with opportunities for thinking creatively and critically. These young artists can change the world!
I received my BA at Marymount College, Tarrytown, NY and my MFA from Maryland Institute, College of Art. An NEA Fellowship and a Mid-Atlantic Arts Consortium grant are among honors I was fortunate to receive.
Photography thanks to John Dean, Howard Ehrenfeld, Norman Watkins, Mitro Hood, Mike Koryta and Joseph Hyde.