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.
Colors and shapes take on symbolic meanings, hinting at figures in the landscape. Circles become wombs and curled up children, triangles are hate-filled white robes, trees are personified, fire is both powerful and dangerous, water encroaches with slowly rising seas, waves crash as emotions conflict.
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.