Presented by GoggleWorks
Rolf & Renate Schmidt Gallery
We all travel through cities, inhabit communities and are influenced by their character—a combination of climate, geography, history, economies, the built and natural environment, and ultimately culture. However, this relationship is not one way. With a long view, one comes to understand that people have an interactive dynamic connection with place: we are shaped by the communities we inhabit while also simultaneously contributing to the creation of place, zeitgeist and character ourselves.People and place—landform, landscape and people have been and remain common concerns for me. Most notably, I am fascinated by their inevitable and often ambiguous interactions and intertwined influences. In the pieces here, you will see that sometimes my land or people are the same/shifting forms. In other instances, the figures clearly suggest people—standing alone on fire, in trouble, asking, or feigning indifference. Other instances the figures stand together in enmeshed relationship, sharing characteristics, or moving along together.I choose to work with fabric as my medium of choice, as it is accessible—we are all clothed in and housed among fabric. In this exhibit, I present work that is pieced, employing traditional quilting techniques, and fabric dyed paintings, also quilted. All the work tends to be large scale, bold, yet simple and direct with strong, large figures interacting often with an equally strong ground. I love color and use it confidently, powerfully, and often playfully. Scale is important to my work, as the consistently large pieces allow the viewer to be in or next to the work, provoking a visceral curiosity about who this may be? what’s going on? as well as realizations of personal likeness and similarity.