MFA ’17 Fine Arts 2D
When I start a new work, I first identify a personal connection I want to examine, then research themes such as Mother Nature, the Divine Feminine, and “women’s intuition.” I depict gendered objects such as vessels, ships, and stars to arrive at metaphors for navigating our current ideas about women’s rights and issues of gender. They direct and transport the body across thresholds of liminal space. In the process, I excavate narratives using scientific exploration, philosophical ideas, mythological tales and my own identity as points of reference. The spiritually feminine geometry in my work evolved into singular events, invoking compositions of Renaissance frescoes, altarpieces and stations of the cross. I pull prints of the ground using my own printmaking techniques and collage them, record the movement of water as it evaporates and leaves behind marks of pigment, and use homemade mediums to create reactions such as resist, shine and separation. By using the landscape in this way, I pull energy directly away from the surfaces of the Earth and imbue my images with it.