I perceive the whole with my body--its living, dancing aliveness. I celebrate this aliveness in my own being: as breath, as joy, as playfulness. I recognize when the aliveness has been translated into form and am skillful in discerning those forms in which aliveness is present and those in which it is not. I also recognize and honor the process and craftspersonship involved in translation (art making). I discern mastery from non-mastery, and hold space for appreciating and honoring mastery. Mastery is important because it shows the depth a person can evolve to. By continuing a creative practice, a sense of ease and accomplishment can be felt in works of art.
Through my own art making I enable people to perceive the relationship between aliveness and form (contained aliveness). Works of art are containers for aliveness which may be why the subject of the vessel metaphor is core for me.
My goal is for the viewer to experience a state of calm, by resonating and reflecting on the energy within the work, thus transmitting the viewer into the world of mystery.
Eco Art Plastic Works The plastic works exemplify my belief in sustainable reuse and walking softly upon the earth. Brightly colored, malleable, crocheted and stitched vessels and wall pieces made of discarded plastic bags, a by-product of our "throw away" society, are turned into ritualistic objects respectfully focused on the wellbeing of the earth.
Painting My current abstract paintings are informed by nature, breath and meditation. These works are a reflection of soul, psyche, and spirit. By moving paint onto the surface, I am connected to the life force pulsating in my body. I incorporate conscious observation of natures subtle shifts in light, tone and color and work those elements into a piece. As though breathed with powerful force, paint is applied as a moving prayer. The paintings move pigment through the creative process and achieve a finished work that embodies a moment of lifes vibrational energy. They are directed through chaos into order and translucent harmony.
I also honor the environment and implements of the translation process: a master must have the appropriate space and tools in which to do her work. My art work (especially during and after my MFA) offer people an embodied experience of aliveness: they are abstract works with both the body and alive world present in them. My work helps people attune to this aliveness -- helps them locate this experience in their own bodies and recognize and celebrate it in the world. Within this aliveness I recognize the cycle of birth (light, air, purity) and decay (wabi-sabi). This cycle is a recognizable pattern within the aliveness and by highlighting it I offer a way for people to locate themselves within the dynamism -- like a path to follow along with the changing happenings around them. This cycle is a world that people can enter in so that they can experience familiarity within the mystery (this is the only way we know where we are).
I have mastered many things and are becoming a master of many more. I can help people tap into the potential for mastery that is within them -- this is an important archetype that provides a model for people to map themselves to as they are developing their own being and gifts.
Some of the areas I find myself most drawn to in the creative process are: Innocence and mastery Freedom and precision Joy and (sacred) mourning Improvisation and tradition