2005 GALLERY 'A'




44+11=TIME
26" x 22"
Encaustic and collage on wood
The basis for this piece is my Dad's Meccano set, a top from my childhood and 55 thorns. It's a look at mortality and grief, as I recognize that I am 11 years away from the age my Father was when he died.




MOTHER
8" x 8"
Encaustic and collage on canvas
Part of a series on the stages of a woman's life - this one focuses on the time of mothering and the full moon. The peony is turned inwards; as women we shift our gaze to our children.




CRONE
8" x 8"
Encaustic and collage on canvas
Another from the same series, 'Crone' is the time after mothering - a time of letting go of society's expectations; when the focus shifts to the self and the spirit. The waning moon appears here.




CUTTING THE THREAD
63" x 48"
Encaustic and collage on canvas
Contained under many layers of wax are my families' baptismal gown and under slip. Worn by eight infants for four generations and 150 years, they are a symbol of tradition. This is also an exploration of letting go.



DETAIL - CUTTING THE THREAD
The embedded flowers and barbed wire create a dialogue with the gowns, delving into questions. Many layers of semi-transparent wax were used, while the front of one dress remains untouched.



GRATITUDE
8" x 9"
Encaustic and collage on canvas
An old windshield fragment in a field nearby was the inspiration here. Shaped like a bowl, it reminded me of being grateful for all that comes into my life.



HOLD LOOSELY, LOOSELY HELD
34" x 34"
Encaustic, collage and sewing on linen
This theme has been prevalent in my life for the last year, as my children grow up. The photo of my hands letting go into the unknown was the starting point. Rippling out from the whirlpool are the images and words that expand on this theme.




DETAIL - HOLD LOOSELY, LOOSELY HELD
There are many layers of sewing, collage and paint in this area. Thorns are imbedded in the wax and also sewn in - creating soft arcing circles, and then piercing that softness with a sharp inquiry.




I WAS THERE
24" x 16"
Encaustic and collage on wood
Here I am delving into the question of growing up with privilege. My baby sweater is surrounded by the slides from my parents honeymoon.
The silver spoon is reversed, and sharp thorns hold open the sweater.


GALLERIES
NEW WORK
MAY 2007
November 2006
2006A,
2006B,
2005A,
2005B,
2004, 1, 2, 3, 4
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