Moving to New York, there were few spaces to show as an emerging artist, I gravitated to the bookstore Printed Matter as a place to interact with artists, producing books and finding a community. I saw books as a way to showcase my work and disseminate ideas instead of having an exhibition. My practice grew to be multidisciplinary, now I work in ceramics, brass sculptures, cyanotypes and printmaking. For each new body of work, I create an artists’ book that contains ideas not held in the works themselves. I use autobiography and fragments of materials, text and imagery to create meaning. I see my work as combining both form that is anchored in Modernism while building on the Conceptual Art strategies of language and ideas.
Une Seconde Vie is a series of ceramics sculptures made from re-firing discarded ceramic shards into anthropomorphized shapes, such as masks, a ribcage or a full skeleton. The works are influenced by kintsugi —the Japanese art of mending broken pottery as well as Henri Matisse, whose burst of creativity after his diagnosis of cancer inspired the series title, Une Seconde Vie. These works directly echo the concept of ‘productive failure’ by making use of other artist’s shards found in the trash. I utilize traditional display mechanisms like metal armature and wooden bases.
Another series is of abstract multi-part chine-collé prints, some singular prints or large-scale, with fifteen paper panels that stretch over 4 .5 meters. Titled Movement, the works function as abstract visions of music, gesture or compositions. Formally the works pay homage to Henri Matisse’s cut-outs, The Bauhaus’ modern aesthetic, and Paul Rand’s book cover collages. Developing a technique of using Japanese gampi paper and a white backing sheet, the colorful paper fragments appear to be fused on the surface. Typically combined with etching my process employs the chine-collé on its own.
My second solo show at Room East, Who You, 2014, revolved around identity. In the foreground are two brass sculptures that allude to Picasso’s disjointed portraits. The back wall featured a set of chine-collé, letterpress and silkscreen prints Everyone is Everyone, inspired by the Myers-Briggs personality test. This test was originally created by a mother and daughter, based on Carl Jung’s writings, the test allowed women to find job placement after the second world war. Featured in the lower gallery was a work entitled Find Them. The work depicts an optical illusion of an old and young woman etched onto copper plates using a soap ground etching technique coupled with copper patinas. The image presents the dichotomy of the way that women are looked at in society either being the ‘young ingénue’ or the ‘old hag’.