My work explores our relationship to land and place through the lens of our bodies and visceral reactions to change. I create primarily 2-dimensional works focused on environment and climate change, my experience as a woman and mother, and the intersections of those things. The ecology of the planet is closely linked to the ecology of our society and our bodies. As hate is fostered, weather becomes more dramatic, anxiety and depression surge. It’s easy to get lost. Seeking hope and seeing all the pushback keeps me found. I look for the universal through the personal, the beautiful through the mundane.
I’m currently working on 3 connected bodies of work:
My “Fire” series of paintings and prints use color, energetic marks, and repeated trees to express emotions about the increasing severity of the forest fire seasons here in California and across the western U.S.
My “Separation” series draws connections between the push and pull of early motherhood, the heartbreaking separation of children from their families at our border, and the trauma of abuse.
My “Play” series nods to the fun of childhood, employing play-doh and polymer clay to create abstracted landscapes of urban and suburban scenes. This work highlights the everyday, the scenes we rush past, the colors we take for granted. It advocates for the importance of play, of slowing down, of taking time to mush clay in your hands and notice the particular grays of the sidewalk and road.
In all of these recent works, color plays a vital role. I mix colors precisely, whether in paint or play-doh. Color evokes our sense of place, memory, and mood. My work begins and ends with color.
Climate change is an all-encompassing issue affecting every aspect of life as we know it, yet diving deep into these thoughts stalls me with worry. I focus on process, finding joy and meaning in the making. I paint with energy, stamping and rolling, mixing colors precisely. I use art as therapy alongside art as activism.