My work offers perceptual and tactile experiences to the viewer, with the possibility of creating a shared experience through interactivity. Series from 1992 through the present deal directly with the female representations, relationships, and voices. These works include self portraits documenting my pregnancy, mother-daughter diptychs, and a project entitled Hidden Histories, a recreation of a history of women at Colby with portraits, storyboards, and interactive pieces. A new project started in 2016 explores the varied voices of local women's stories and often hidden presence in our community.
Gestural surfaces, change, erasures, subtractive processes, and silence offer equal attraction in the work process. I experiment with creating unexpected relationships, and work out how an idea can best be translated by various media on, off or underneath a surface. Many pieces include components of interactivity, tactility, and elements of choice for the viewer. Slightly ambiguous forms or interactive features present ways for viewers to find a way in to a perceptual experience, and create a sense of shared yet varied experience. I like the idea of art which reaches out to the viewer, changes over time, and challenges the sanctity of the object and its exhibition space.
The Acadia series explores historical and perceptual interpretations, from the sublime to the environmental. I love duality of how we perceive both flat surface and representational suggestion. Some works allow the viewer to choose the orientation of the picture plane by turning the piece on a rotating base, and others contain visible or hidden objects which suggest the impact of global warming. The Erasables invite viewers to interact by erasing charcoal on the painting's surface. Many viewers struggle to decide whether to interact and change the painting's surface, which creates a kind of parallel to our behavior in the natural world. I have created the landscape work with a sense of loss and concern with what may happen to loved environments in the future, as global warming modifies, changes, and alters of the forces of nature and human ways of life.