The How, What and Why
HOW I MAKE
Drawing is at the core of my practice, whether it be the traditional media of pastel and graphite on paper or the women’s work of stitching with thread. More often than not, the drawn line accumulates and combines with other media to build larger and larger artworks that occupy three-dimensional space. The resulting installations tell stories that encourage confrontation with images and ideas about identity, age, gender power and memory. I leave the narratives open-ended, allowing the observer to define the ending and ultimately, the meaning.
WHAT I MAKE
I make small works and immersive multimedia installations that ask questions and tell multilayered stories about identity, age, gender and power. It is a feminist story that seeks to subvert the marginalization of the voices of women. With broad training in painting, sculpture, textiles, technology and book arts, I have a deep toolkit. Using these media I select images and processes to examine symbolic representations of power and experience: power suits; clothing as communication; vulvas/shells; images and objects constructed using women's traditional media.
WHY I MAKE
As a child of the 1950s, when career options were limited and gender identified, I continue to push against glass ceilings, structural impediments and learned behaviors that limit women's accomplishments. The feminist lens through which I view the world and make art is supported by research. One research tool I use is crowdsourcing to collect information and content for the artwork. When I surveyed women across the United States about their experiences in the workplace, for the Jerome Foundation supported project Wearing My Age, I learned that women of all ages still struggle to be heard, respected and paid well, confirming my commitment to a feminist stance.
I am available for studio visits, lectures, panel discussions, and other visiting artist activities.
Previous engagements have included visits to Emory and Henry College, VA; Chadron State College, NE; Alma College,MI; Lansing State Library, MI; East Lansing Library, MI; Minnesota Center for Book Arts, MN;Hollanders, MI; Habitat for Humanity, MN; Las Vegas Civic Center, NV; Weavers Guild of Minnesota.