In the dinner table series, I am focusing on the everyday activities of the family meal, dining and drinking with friends, and the group dynamics of these gatherings. Central to this idea are the relationships that take place during meals, the act of eating, the basic need for sustenance, and the things we eat and what that says about us. The chairs, tables, place-settings and food all allude to the human actions without the presence of human figures.
The Red Velvet Wedding Cake is an elaboration on this idea. I was interested in creating something that the audience could interact with and take with them much like the tradition of eating a piece of a wedding cake, a symbol of the bride giving herself away.
These pieces are constructed of a welded wire structure that is painted to create the armature. Fabric is stretched around the wire armature, then is trimmed and hand-stitched. The wire structure and translucent white fabric give the pieces an ephemeral quality and sense of purity that invites investigation into the action the furniture is involved in.
In these installations, I approach art-making from a child's point-of-view through a blending of my children's drawings and recollections of my own childhood. I appreciate the looseness of their drawings and the distortion of the scale of different elements in them. In the installations I am reminiscing about play at the same time as I am allowing myself to play in the studio.
Video detail of Heaventree of Stars
Heaventree of Stars
This installation combines multimedia elements with sculptural forms to create a dreamscape. In this piece a recalled quote from Joyce's Ulysses - "The heaventree of stars hung with humid nightblue fruit" - initiated an exploration of the cycle of life and death, and the illusion and manipulation of time. The bed is planted in the space while a video projects ripe plums dropping from the stars above onto the bed with a thud. This cycle is repeated in a never ending loop of life, death, and rebirth. The sound of a clock ticking and chiming at increasingly shorter intervals as more and more plums drop onto the bed alludes to the idea that time seems to speed up in a frenetic pace as one ages and reminds us of the brevity of one's life.
The Garden: Detail of Dog and Flower
In this installation, the shooting stars, flowers, and dog interact with a house-like structure and a similar tree structure which represent the domestic environment. The dinner table is often the center of domestic life where families come together for meal's, homework, and conversation. The division of the table into four sections, each standing on one leg, represents the four individuals in my family, each unique but part of a whole. Similarly, the apple, taken from the tree structure, is quartered and divided evenly. The wall and floor panels in the installation provide a setting and reference to natural elements (earth, water, fire, air) that shape The Garden.
These works combine sculptural forms and a painted background to create a wall relief which challenges the viewer's perception of space. The sculptural reliefs translate the recognizable works of Cezanne and Renoir three-dimensionally. The use of historic paintings provides viewers with an artistic reference point. The scenes are abstracted so that the chairs, tables, place-settings and food all allude to human actions without the presence of the human figures that existed in the original paintings. The scene presents a residual of the conversation and mood of the participants and the interactions that took place during the meals.
A Plate of Cherries with Cezanne
Coffee and Apples with Cezanne
Renoir's Lunch- Luncheon of the Boating Party
Renoir's Lunch- Dejeuner
Renoir's Lunch- Rower's Lunch
This relief is part of a series inspired by the local landscape.
This is a new series that I am working on in which I am attempting to capture the illusive quality of smoke through multiple thin layering of pigment. The loose forms however hover between figurative or animalistic forms and what they truly are, a realistic representation of smoke.
Where there's smoke... (1)
Where there's smoke... (2)
Where there's smoke... (3)
Where there's smoke... (4)
Where there's smoke... (5)
These images are realistic images of the illusive shadows created from light shining through tree branches.
Boyz in the Hood
This is a new piece that will be showing in the upcoming Cuernavaca Arts Cooperative Fall Show.
I love to sketch, especially when I am traveling. These are just a few that I have done.