Recycle. Rediscover. Treasure.
I save pieces of paintings & prints that do not achieve the final result I am striving for, keeping elements of the imagery I still like.
This "waste material" is valuable & is given new life in a mixed media piece, achieving affects not possible by direct mark making. Treasure - hidden tiny gems are excavated & saved, cherished even, recycled & incorporated into a new piece.
Seeking God in the Whitespace
2017 Collage, hand colored relief print with watercolor imagery.
We are taught in meditation that God is in the Gap - the Whitespace. Seeking God's guidance through prayer requires stillness, silence, whitespace to hear the still small voice of God. My piece has a large whitespace hovering above an image of two moths in reflection, representing our physical and spiritual sides, above a room-divider/doorway. Which way do we go in our lives? What is important? How shall we live? I have used the lowly moth instead of the exquisite butterfly to represent us. The whitespace is essential, not extraneous in my piece - it asks us to quiet our hearts & minds to listen for the still small voice of God.
Exhibited 2018 Seeing God - A Juried Exhibit of Sacred Art at St Paul's Monastery. Benedictine Center. St Paul, MN. First Place Award Recipient.
Come Play With Me
Intaglio print (4 plates), handmade paper, watercolor, collage. Exhibited in Wabi-Sabi Solo Exhibition, Highpoint Center for Printmaking, Minneapolis, MN. April - June 2018.
2015 Collage, intaglio print, hand cut & colored.
Created for the Women & Money program at the Katherine Nash Gallery, U of MN. Bitcoin is a new universal global monetary system, potentially more egalitarian. Circles represent coins, & the female value of cooperation vs. competition & hierarchy.
Exhibited 2016 Art From My Perspective. Women’s Caucus for Art - Georgia Chapter. Member Exhibition. Jim Cherry Learning Resource Center Gallery. Georgia Perimeter College. Atlanta, GA.
2015 Collage, multi-color plate intaglio, hand coloring, cut outs.
Inspired by my trip to Cuba - the incredible vibrancy of the people & culture. The title is a phrase our guide often used when asked a question. Cuba is complex, often contradictory, what appears obvious hides something completely different or the opposite
Body of Water
2010 Collage, hand-made paper, paste paper, acrylic painting.
Created for the Women & Water Rights exhibit at Katherine Nash Gallery, U of MN. Water is a natural right for all people. The female form represents nourishment & water is a life-giving resource which is to be cherished, not commercialized & destroyed by pollution.
Exhibited 2011 Art As Gateway for Community Engagement: Sustaining Nature and Culture. Living Green Expo. Fine Arts Building. MN State Fairgrounds. Falcon Heights, MN
Sophia Water Carrier
2010 Collage, handmade paper, multi-color relief print, acrylic.
Exhibited in the Women & Water Rights exhibition, Katherine Nash Gallery, U of MN. Globally women are responsible for obtaining water for their families, often walking many miles & hours each day.
My piece supports water rights for all people. Water is central to survival, women (water carrier) are responsible for their families survival, the problems & potential solutions for water rights are complex (center relief print). The handmade paper flowers represent the lushness of nature & life-giving qualities.
The Darkness Shall Be Overcome
2008 Collage, relief print, stamping, weaving, cut outs, hand coloring.
My piece is about overcoming chronic fatigue. The woven black bars hold me back from living the full life I desire. However the fierceness of spirit, represented by "flames" & vibrant colors, breaks through the prison.
Exhibited 2015 Seeing God: A Juried Exhibit of Sacred Art. St. Paul’s Monastery Gallery. Benedictine Center. St. Paul, MN.
Exhibited 2010 Cross View Christian Art Festival Juried Exhibit. Cross View Lutheran Church. Edina, MN.