I rejoice in the power of art as a “secret handshake” of recognition and belonging. Art humanizes and joins us, helping us communicate in a universal non-verbal language across time and space.
Human faces, ancient or contemporary, fascinate me as summaries of life stories in the moment. Clay, paper and fiber are my instinctive, beloved media but mark-making through abstract painting challenges me to develop my own language of expression and translation. Digital imagery is the new gift of fire in my body of work, which continues to evolve and to happily surprise me.
Through years of self-reflection, I’ve come to understand that synchronicity, intuition, and the collective unconscious are major influences in my work.
Synchronicity - that uncanny coincidence, unlikely conjunction of events, or startling serendipity - happens "out there," against the odds. Something in the Universe seems to swing into place to answer an inner need we have.
Intuition happens "in here." it's an inner knowing, an ability to tune into knowledge in a non-rational, nonlinear way. We know something but we don't know how we know it.
Collective unconscious, a term coined by Carl Jung, refers to structures of the unconscious mind which are shared among beings of the same species. According to Jung, the human collective unconscious is populated by instincts and by archetypes: universal symbols such as the Great Mother, the Wise Old Man, the Shadow, the Tower, Water, the Tree of Life, and many more.
The more aware I am of the little day-to-day things that capture my attention by calling to me in a mysterious way, and the more I take note of them, the more understand I gain about the purpose of my art as basic human communication, both to myself and to the viewer.