My recent work addresses our quickly changing climate and the resulting man-made and natural disasters. I’m concerned with the ways society contributes to its own destruction, and I’m fascinated by the resulting and inevitable denial. My art is a visual quest to find an analgesic for this modern quagmire. In this work, I weigh the hope presented by science and technology, as well as the balm offered by religion and spirituality. Underpinning all of this are the mythological archetypes that epitomize our human naiveté and hubris.
Antique textiles serve as the visual springboard, giving my work a rich visual and conceptual backdrop, rooted in history. I look for patterns that catch my eye and work them into unique and abstracted “landscapes” into which I weave reoccurring favorite shapes and images drawn from various personal interests, such as ecology, cartology, mythology, and biology. Once I start to achieve something I like, I incorporate figurative elements or other symbols, usually line drawings that interact with the landscapes. My figures come from multiple sources that reference history, pop culture, or other art. The symbols are often adapted from more esoteric sources, such as the occult, physics, international safety symbols, or sacred geometry. My work weaves an iconic and alluring narrative. It's opulent and lush, but it still reflects the complexities of modern life.