Throughout my career, my art has focused
on the cycles of nature, including life, death, metamorphosis, regeneration and
ascension. I began my professional life, working in inner cities, focused on
community revitalization. For the past twenty-three years Iíve worked
professionally with those touched by cancer, traumatic brain injury, mental
illness, dementia, autism and other conditions of serious illness and
disability. Simultaneously in my personal life, I lost two of my closest friends
to untimely deaths, as well as the loss of my parents who thankfully, enjoyed
long, happy lives. In total, my initially abstract concerns deepened in meaning
through concrete realities.
The Wings of
Ascension series was inspired by the death of my father and a few years
later, my mother. The Transmigration of Soul series began in response to the
untimely death of my best friend and artist, Enid Kaplan.
memorializing her spirit, evolved in two waves, immediately following her
death and about five years later.
These works incorporate her metalsmith components
and small sketches, seeking to embody her spirit. The dynamic color and texture
reflected her persona, not mine. Hands of Eternity includes her self-portrait
with the hands of her husband and child. Journey includes text of our deep and
Most of the Transmigration of Soul series are works inspired by
Enid. Other works, such as Doctor Rose, created with dried roses
and glass, speak of renewal in the life of a living friend. Excavation
of Love incorporates the skeleton of a beloved cat who was discovered
unexpectedly as one might on a geological dig. Embracing Life; Einstein
and OíKeefe is a quirky piece that integrates these two inspiring
people, both fully engaged in life and their creative work.
Hands of Eternity
50" x 64" x 3";
Hand-made paper, acrylic
scrim fabric, thread, branches