From Death, Blooms Life
When: April 3 - 11, 2017
Where: S. Tucker Cooke Gallery
Opening Reception: Friday, April 7, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Gallery Hours: 9:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. Monday - Friday
All events are free and open to the public
This body of work is an autobiographical representation of my personal experience with trauma leading to the need for self-protection. The repetition of circular forms as well as wrapped forms, represent protection of self and children. To cover is to hide and protect the person or object being hidden. Wrapped in a veil of obscurity my true self was revealed to no one. I built a safe haven in my mind, a place full of light and love, completely closed off from the outside world.
Inspired by nature, much of the work is organic and biomorphic. The repetitive floral patterns represent the hope I held on to through the dark times of life. The ability to dream and hope for a better life helped to push me forward inspiring the work. The need to let my light shine on the world allows abandonment of the old life and the journey into a new one.
I use many recycled items in order to give new life and meaning to things discarded and no longer useful in their current form. Feeling useless and having no purpose in life after my sons were grown, I began to realize that one chapter of life was over and I could find purpose by turning the page. Using abandoned materials, I breathe new life and purpose into them. Instead of filling a garbage dump they will now grace an art gallery.