Encaustic Collage & Acrylic on Wood Panel, 12" x12" x .75", 2018, $175
Solidarity - Stitches of true compassion - embroidering trust
I'm interested in exploring history, culture, and how it intersects my own life. I use the combination of religious & historical iconography, and pop culture images, to stress the sacred in our modern day life. Most recently I have been analyzing more deeply how breaking through constricting roles shapes our culture, and how they shift over time.
The inclusion of handwriting as a part of the image refers to connecting to one another through sharing our stories. It is also a deeply personal part of our culture that is rapidly becoming anachronistic.
My background is in music, art and psychology. I earned a BA in Psychology and Art (sculpture & printmaking emphasis) with a minor in Music (flute) from Western Illinois University. Subsequently, I completed an MFA in cast metal sculpture at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. I recently completed 5 years of study to become a certified American Sign Language interpreter.
My sculptures are in the collections of the Cities of Kirkland, Redmond, and Mountlake Terrace. My collages are in the collections of the State of Washington, University of Washington Medical Center and the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DC.