Throughout my life Iíve been fascinated
with moving water, with the oceanís wave dynamics, with lake, stream and
pond currents, with the calm or intense, daily and seasonal changes in
diverse water bodies. In recent years the movement of waves has inspired
my understanding of and ability to embrace uncertainty. I am an avid
swimmer, who may be seen long distance, lake swimming with a beloved
Golden Retriever, even in cold temperatures. As a young artist through the
present, Iíve been painting water dynamics, on site, through the seasons.
Inspired by the movement of waves as a
metaphor for the integration of different realities, I began creating
layered indoor and outdoor installations in the 1980ís. This early work
incorporated individual sewn, drawn and painted transparent panels that
visually merged into each other, at times, holographically. The
exploratory drawing accompanying my Artist Statement (see About)
preceded this installation work. In that piece each scrim panel represents
one wave or one reality, merging seamlessly into the next.
From 1994 through the present, Iíve been creating
Lifeforce..., outdoor installations along regional waterways and
related indoor gallery installations, incorporating elements collected
along the waterís shores. (View these works in public art galleries).
Dimensional wallpieces grew organically from this long term exploration.
Examples here show the waterís calm and dynamic movements, its circular
and ever changing, abstract currents. Mixed-media elements include bark,
branches and ephemeral milkweed, shells and fragile, broken glass.