45" x 16" x 4"
Woven paper, found objects
31" x 20" x 1"
Silkscreen on fabric with monoprint, found objects
MEASURING UP AT MIDLIFE
62" x 24" x 6"
Printed, woven, stamped collage with found objects
My work has evolved from the art-to-wear/textile movement of the 1970s to an exploration of the human figure and condition. The work investigates issues of identity, mysticism and ritual. I am adventurous in my use of materials, often combining a variety of printing techniques with weaving, stitching, mosaic and collage into what I think of as "three-dimensional collage". A found object or sometimes, a found phrase or poem will generate an idea for the piece. The core is image-based textiles, but exploration of surface is the link. Travel is one of my major sources of inspiration.
COMMENTS ON THE FIBER FIELD
I was so lucky to study fiber arts in the Bay Area in the late 70's with people like Katherine Rossbach, Lillian Elliot and JoAnn Stabb. It was an "anything goes" kind of time, especially at places like Fiberworks and the design department at Davis. Unusual materials were employed, off-beat ideas were encouraged, and the creative process was celebrated.
I continue to combine a variety of materials and media in my work from shredded burlap sacks to typewriter ribbon to wire and found metals. I also have a very loose definition of textile art, or art in general.
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