Overall Statement about My Work
I am a multidisciplinary artist exploring personal experience as a gateway to broader human concerns and experience. I got my start in drawing and painting, especially of the human figure and portrait. That work always had a very human focus, as well as artistic, but not toward a human-centric philosophy, rather to access our deeper humanity which ultimately connects everyone to everything, the opposite of our current isolationist narrative dominating social and political discourse and policy.
Being multidisciplinary suits the range and insatiable curiosity of my mind as well as my interest, as a longtime designer, in meaningful application of form and material to idea or expression. In my studio I am always testing, experimenting and prototyping, new materials, processes and combinations. Hybrid forms and media are a special interest, perhaps because I am a hybrid person, being biracial and bi- (or even tri-) cultural.
I work in installation art as well as making images and objects. My media continues to include painting and drawing (sometimes as performance), with the addition of photo-based and mixed media sculpture, working with found objects, printmaking, photo-based (esp with mixed media), photo-digital printmaking or video, upholstery, textile and fibre.
Subject to Limitation is the umbrella for my interrelated work related to confinement and barriers of all kinds, which then also led me into examining vulnerability, empathy, identity and migration. In that work you'll see boxes and fences of various kinds as well as domestic objects like chairs that later branched out into two further streams: houses-lawns-domestic life in one and skin (as social barrier, as physical barrier, signifying human vulnerability and as a vehicle for empathy) in the other.
A Full Heart, in which I use the anatomical structures of the heart as a gateway to exploring states of the human heart emotionally, poetically and metaphorically, grew out of my interest in medical models and antique anatomical illustrations, which then combined with my work with skin, vulnerability and empathy and layered onto them viscerality.
While hearts are my main focus right now, the other elements find their way into that work which enriches and deepens it. I look forward to seeing what happens in 2019 as every installation is a new opportunity, fostering new ideas and discoveries.