My artwork focuses on my experience as a woman, both in society and within my own skin. My creative process is central in my artwork. It starts when I become curious about a concept. Then I reflect or investigate the idea, and finally I take a creative action. The concept of the artwork, and the discovery of its meaning, is often more important to me than the media itself. And thus, I feel free to switch media to better express my meaning,
Recently I have been painting with wax, both encaustic and cold wax a with oil paint. I love the experience of working with wax, both the feel and smell of it. I have discovered many layers of meaning hidden within this media. Wax is sensual and fragile, yet still durable, like my own skin. Like the experience of me as a woman.
My process of curiosity to creative action is evident within my series of suffrage portraits. I became curious about my own history as a woman. Then, I began to investigate the individual leaders involved in women’s suffrage. From this research I created a series of almost fifty portraits and twenty assemblage pieces telling the story of women’s suffrage. Sometimes my creative action manifests with the actual artwork, but other times it comes in the form of social activism such as registering voters.
This is the way I live my life, as well as how I create my art. I seek to use my creativity to bring about change within myself and sometimes others. The artwork invites the viewer into my process. It invites them in a way, into my skin, and my experience as a woman. Through this connection with the viewer, and their personal response to it, change is possible.