Artist StatementCreating a theatrical set or scenario, I use my camera as a ‘flashlight’ exploring the scene, searching for an intimate moment, a clarity of intent that gives me a jolt. My sensibilities are excited by what is strange, unsettling and surprising. Scale is important to my work. The images created for ‘Catholic Girls’ derive from 1.75-inch tall Avon Thimbles, shot with an 85 mm lens. Prints are large format, 36 inches or more, rendering the heads human-size and sculptural. The narrative created by the images resonates when I ‘hear’ whispering voices in my prints.
Graduated from MICA with a BFA /Drawing and an immediate need for a job. Baltimore Magazine hired me and provided training in graphic design enabling me to make both a living and art. Worked in graphic design, advertising, and exhibit design. Widowed at 38, the pain ultimately purged me and necessitated a fresh start. Armed with an MFA/Writing, I started a novel. Keeping track of my characters proved daunting and in 2006 I began using Disneykins as stand-ins and photographing them. Once I saw the photographs, I found my voice and my ear as my characters were now speaking to me. Moved on to shooting Avon Thimbles. Using an 85 mm lens, I created various scenarios. In large-format prints, the figures are human-size and disarmingly real. I knew I had made an artistic breakthrough when I stopped being a writer and instead became an eavesdropper. Art reclaimed me.