Artist StatementThe Sacred and the Mundane, it is a series of mixed media assemblage pieces that I call Reliquaries and Shrines. Reliquaries are enclosures, or ornate frames that enshrined religious objects. I believe we only value those things we name as sacred; we only protect what we hold dear. These pieces place objects found in nature within reliquary forms, altars or shrines. Each has some architectural or sculptural framework. I build boxes with niches, ledges or drawers, cabinets, or small structures. The niches and drawers often contain found objects: leaves, bones and butterfly wings, gathered on my treks through nature and in my own suburban garden. The frameworks are decorated and ornamented, often with metal leafing and beads. The images include monotypes with: painting, drawing, etchings, paper lithography, gel medium transfers and collage. Narrative and figurative information is layered with text and calligraphic marks. Abstract and organic forms are juxtaposed with geometric, scientific and alchemical symbols. Natural forms, original imagery, images of historical Indo-European origin and original and historical text are all used to create the narrative. My intent is to create visually rich objects that are narrative and compelling. I try to give them a patina of care, reverence and perhaps a touch of obsession. For me they are devotional pieces, revealing the beauty and magic that surround us in our daily lives. They celebrate the divine substance of our earth, our bodies and all the living creatures that share our world.
Biography I grew up in Ohio and Arizona, and my most vivid memories of both places are of nature; wandering the woods or the desert, watching the animals and plants, learning about the natural history of each place I lived. I remember my grandmother’s huge vegetable gardens and fruit trees. I played in the desert, listening to the desert spirits talk to me, and seraching for evidence of the people who lived there before me. I remember my parents teaching me about the plants and animals. These memories of the natural world and of the science lessons about my environment were probably my greatest influences; they informed my values as well as my interests. My childhood allowed me to believe in magic, art and beauty, and made me long to manifest all three in my life. My work is a manifestation of magic; its intent is to speak for a renewed relationship to nature, rather than isolation from it. I want to communicate a sense of mystery and spirit in the age of linear reason and industrialization, and to celebrate the divinity present in all living creatures and the earth itself. My working model of the universe includes interconnected realms of man and nature, matter and spirit, science and mystery. Helping to structure my view of the cosmos are the four elements, earth, air, fire, water and linking them all spirit. For me the elements have multiple meanings: they are the measurable, physical building blocks of nature; but they also have psychological and symbolic importance. EDUCATION: Purdue University, Lafayette,IN (Master of Arts,Printmaking 1998); University of Arizona, Tuscon,AZ (Bachelors of Architecture, 1985) •Glenview Mansion: June 2007, Glenview Mansion, Rockville, MD •Maryland Printmakers: August 2005, Glenview Mansion, Rockville, MD •Maryland Printmakers: March 2005, A.M. Gravely Studio Exhibition, Silver Spring, MD •Glenview Mansion: March 2004, Rockville, MD •Selections Gallery: December 2003, Academy of the Arts Selections Gallery, Easton, MD •The Original Multiple: September 2003, Maryland Hall AIR Gallery, Annapolis, MD •Maryland Printmakers: July 2003, Kentlands Mansion, Gaithersburg, MD •Spark, Spirit, Soul: September 2002, Creative Partners Gallery, Bethesda, MD •SMALL Prints BIG Impressions:, July 2002, Circle Gallery Annapolis, MD •Covered/(dis)Covered/(re)Covered: a Contemporary Book Arts Invitational, May –August 2002, Meadows Gallery of Art University of Texas, Tyler Texas Spirit World- Works on Paper Lisa Tayerle & Helga Thomson, April- June 2002, The Center for Being & Becoming, Washington DC •Rockville Arts Place Off the Wall, March 2002 Rockville Arts Place, Rockville, MD •Pass Through It, Maryland Printmakers, November 2001 Mill River Gallery, Ellicott City, MD •Maryland Printmakers Show, June 2000, Gaithersburg Community Center, Gaithersburg MD. •Mid America Print Council National Juried Exhibition, February 2000, Allen Priebe Gallery, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. •Pyramid Atlantic’s 6th Book Arts Invitational Exhibition, November 1999, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC, Best of Show. •Maryland Printmakers 10th Anniversary Exhibition, October 1999, Rockville Arts Place, Rockville, MD •Artist’s Gallery Invitational, February 1999, Delaplaine Visual Arts Center, Frederick, MD •1998/1999 United States/Australia/ New Zealand Small Print Exchange.20 Galleries/2years. •Book of Shadows, November 1998, Beelke Gallery, Lafayette, IN, Solo Show •10 Artists/10 Installations, November 1998, Reifers Center, Lafayette, IN •Exquisite Corpse, October 1998, The Academy Gallery, The Cincinnati Academy of Arts, Cincinnati, OH •Pressed & Pulled National Juried Exhibition, September 1998, Blackridge Hall Gallery, Milledgeville, GA •Recent Works, October 1998, Wells Gallery, Lafayette, IN, Juried •Diverse Visions, February 1998, Beelke Gallery, Lafayette, IN •Suite 16, June 1997, Beresford Library Galleries, Beresford SD •Point of Origin, October 1996, Villa Julie College Gallery, Baltimore, MD, Juried •Delaplaine Visual Arts Center, March 1996, Frederick, MD •Very Favorable Impressions, November 1995, Baltimore Life Gallery, Owings Mills, MD, Juried •Loyola College Gallery, October 1995, Loyola College Gallery, Baltimore, MD, Juried •More Ink, October 1995, Pyramid Atlantic Gallery, Riverdale, MD •Printmaker’s Best Work, January 1995, Rockville Art’s Place, Rockville, MD, Juried •Emerging Artists Show, July 1994, Circle Gallery, Annapolis, MD, Juried