About

 

I was born in the Deep South in the 1950’s.  My childhood was steeped in family and the church. I came of age in the 70’s and was influenced by the movements for social change.  I studied art, philosophy, sociology, and psychology, but my chosen career was in Computer Engineering.  My work eventually took me out of the South, to California.  After retirement,  I began studying art.  I took advantage of the community college system in Placer County, and then in Marin County, where I studied with Carole Beadle, who introduced me to Contemporary Fiber Art.  My husband and I recently moved to the Tucson area, and I am now enjoying integrating into the vibrant art community there.

Artist Statement:

My art is an outward manifestation of an inward struggle to come to terms with the lingering influences of family dynamics, the church, and the conservative culture of the Deep South.  My work is personal, as it often reveals the shadow side of my psyche, with its recurring themes of confusion, perfectionism, melancholy, ambiguity, anxiety, and hope.

In my current work, I use skills I learned as a young girl – sewing, embroidery, and appliqué.  Organza, paper, and embroidery floss are my primary materials.  Translucent materials, repetitive elements, and meticulous hand stitching are my signatures. The paper elements are cut from digitally altered photographs from my childhood and hand stitched to an organza base such as book pages or a handmade child’s dress.  The translucence of organza symbolizes imperfect perception, distorted memory, purposeful obscuration of truth, and tentatively revealed secrets.  A muted palette reinforces this meaning.

 Group Shows

2014, Reflections, Olive Hyde Gallery, Fremont, CA

 

Juried Shows and Awards

2013, Small Works Exhibition, Tohono Chul, Tucson, AZ

2013, Threads, Tubac Center of the Arts, Tubac, AZ

2013, Paper From All Sides, Tohono Chul, Tucson, AZ

2013, Annual Juried Student Art Exhibit, Pima Community College, Tucson, AZ, Best of Show

2012, Crossroads, juried by Jean Cacicedo, Santa Cruz Arts League, Santa Cruz, CA

2012, California State Fair Fine Art Competition, Sacramento, CA, Award of Excellence

2012, Marin County Fair Fine Arts Exhibition, San Rafael, CA, 2nd Place Fiber and Textiles

2012, Fantastic Fibers 2012, juried by Luanne Rimel, The Yeiser Art Center, Paducah, KY

2011, Falkirk’s BiAnnual Juried Exhibition, juried by Carole Beadle, Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael, CA

2011, Fabrications, Blue Line Gallery, Roseville, CA

2011, Fiber Directions 2011, Wichita Center for the Arts, Wichita, KS, Honorable Mention

2011, The Art of the Book, Donna Seager Gallery, San Rafael, CA

2010, Innovations in Fiberarts V, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA

2010, Bay Area Women Artists, juried by Donna Seager, O’Hanlon Gallery, Mill Valley, CA

2010, Napa Town and Country Exposition, Napa, CA, 2nd Place Mixed Media and Collage, 2nd Place Other 2-D or 3-D

2010, Marin County Fair Fine Arts Exhibition, San Rafael, CA, 1st Place Fiber and Textiles, Merit Award for 2D work, Merit Award for 3D work

2010, Memories and Transitions, O’Hanlon Gallery, Mill Valley, CA

2009, Emerging Artists Show, Blue Line Gallery, Roseville, CA

2009, Re:Birth, College of Marin, Kentfield, CA

2008, Sierra College Student show, Rocklin, CA

2007, Sierra College Student Show, Rocklin, CA, Patrons Award, Excellence Award

 

Publications:

2013, 500 Handmade books, juried by Julie Chen, Lark Publications

 

Commissions

2009, Marie-Cecilia reclaims her body

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