I have always made art from a necessity to create a sense of order and meaning, to transcend the everyday. The words I write, the things I paint and render, are daily exercises of my viewing, remembering and imagining.
I explore memory in all of its mystery and manifestations. For two decades I have investigated the art and science of memory and the effects of sensory input. Designing my book A Place for Memory: Where Art and Science Meet, has influenced me to be more fluid in my creative process, and to continue to work digitally in creating my archival pigment prints. My compositions are banded and intertwined with representational imagery and abstraction, as I am interested in the interaction and associative experience that these evoke. I draw upon my poetry and photography as source material for my drawings, paintings, mixed media, and pigment prints, and as a medium of spatial and temporal memory, anchoring each as a unique sensory experience.
Quality of rendering in all media is very important to me. I switch my techniques in relationship to content. I like capturing the feeling of something, not just the way it appears, as our emotions and experiences provide the shape and dimension to how we remember.
I am inspired by nature for beauty, continuity and change.
Our role in the environment, social relationships and gender roles are important to my sense of artistic purpose, as I explore ideas about our connectedness with each other, to nature, to memory. And I have a reverence for place and its connection to memory. I use a range of images to arrive at metaphoric compositions that have meaning on many layers; some are inspired by interior networks and patterns of neurological activity, landscapes where our human interactions are visible, still lives and abstractions as distillations of place, time and memory.
I look at personal history and historical records. I consider how history records and constructs narratives and identities, and how perception and memory can challenge and re-invent story. I have developed a visual language coming from images and text that present multiple perspectives, social fields and positions. What I imagine and observe are woven together.