Artist Statement: Windows
I was a physician until I had an accident and was left in my house alone, too sick to travel, on an island, Block Island, RI and stranded. My husband came each weekend to bring food and then there was nothing. My days were spent trying to walk again, trudging a few feet, resting for an hour, trudging some more. I sent away for a little camp chair and I dragged my chair wherever I went and stop and rest. With my stool I could make it out the door, and over days I made it down the driveway to the road then finally as far as an empty old house down the hill. The house has a big porch and I opened my chair and sat on the porch for a while, which is how I really saw those windows for the first time. So I sent away for a little point-and-shoot and I hauled my body and my stool and my little camera to that house every day to shoot those windows.
Sitting on that porch I saw glimpses of dark rooms and the reflections of the rich, brilliant fields and sky outside. The windows are 100 years old, the glass has rippled over time and jumbles the interior and exterior. The project became a meditation about being trapped in those shadows and imagining the freedom outside, a fluid place between internal and external.
I walked to that house every day and over time I became stronger. It was a medical transformation. My body was liberated by a camera and those windows. From that experience, my projects continue to be on places that offer glimpses into interior and exterior.
Artist Statement: Pool
Since March, 2020, I have been far from home--in Los Angeles in quarantine with my family, helping care for my grandchild. In isolation, I began to explore my landlord’s pool. In one way, the themes are the same: the mystery of internal space and façade, and about moving in between. The intense California light brought up a new palette of blues and greens that are colors that blend in mysterious ways. But unlike the earlier work the pool was a confined world unto itself. It was a meditation on the deep internal space I lived in and the external space that had all but disappeared. They are also about the vibrance of LA color and light. A few shades of blue and green in the LA sun are powerful enough to stand distinct and vibrant.
Artist Statement: LA
The LA photos are about the dislocation of an Easterner. Striking colors appear out of nowhere, the air is clear and shining or hazy and dim. Palm trees drift in an out. Windows are chaotic reflections or are odd images that don't hold together. Surfaces are unnaturally iridescent. It is a meticulously groomedxz tropical garden. At night the pieces fracture and crack apart.
Artist Statement: Rushes in progress
One photo of rushes in a bright fall sun was transformed into a series of abstract images. Each of them are takes the energy of gold stalks waving in a blue sky and a dark blue sea, with only a strip of land between them all.
Artist Statement: Water
The water photos are a collection of traditional seascapes and collage. The collages are extractions of the most powerful parts of the seascapes, clouds, lighthouses, reflection. They are reimagined and then reassembled to translate the power of the natural elements, they are combinations to bring that message home.