Artist’s Statement

Holidays Unfolding, a new evolution of my Veil Paintings series, investigates the trope of drapery and the idea of Still Life, not as Nature Morte (or “dead nature”) but as Nature Morte Vivante (vivante implying “fast moving action and a certainly lively quality”). The work also examines contradictory feelings that accompany loss, nostalgia, or ubi sunt to become a meditation on mortality and life’s transience. In this series I explore new possibilities between the interface of painting, textiles, and digital technology while producing an end product that maintains the nuance and richness of slow work wrought by hand.

The painted fabric, ellipses, and patterned fabric in the paintings act as limina or thresholds that, along with the accompanying images and forms, place the viewer into multiple, often conflicting, layers of space and meaning. In the series the Rabbit or environment may be stretched or manipulated through Photoshop to create a sense of instability, heightened emotion, or a digital sifting. The paintings good-humoredly deconstruct imagery from my own painting history, as well as from pop and high culture to create new “spaces” of meaning. The paintings also contain dark humor, visual puns, symbols and metaphors, moments of silence, art historical allusions, and spiritual conundrums.

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Labor Day Circling

Acrylic paint, embroidery, on digital pattern printed on silk, 36″ x 36″ x 1.5″, 2017

Thanksgiving Sliding

Acrylic paint, embroidery, image transfer, on digital pattern printed on silk, 36″ x 36″ x 1.5″, 2017

Independence Day Cracking

Acrylic paint, embroidery, on digital pattern printed on silk, 36″ x 36″ x 1.5″, 2017

Halloween Floating

Acrylic paint, embroidery, image transfer, on digital pattern printed on silk, 36″ x 36″ x 1.5″, 2017

Valentine's Day Exploding

Acrylic paint, embroidery, image transfer, on digital pattern printed on silk, 36″ x 36″ x 1.5″, 2016

Easter Falling

Acrylic paint, embroidery, image transfer, on digital pattern printed on silk, 36″ x 36″ x 1.5″, 2016

Christmas Rising

Acrylic paint, embroidery, image transfer, on digital pattern printed on silk, 36″ x 36″ x 1.5″, 2016