skybound: a logging term that means "a tree that refuses to fall, even when wedged."
Using time as a material, a 230-year old Douglas fir revealed its own story through the processes of nature.
By inviting viewers’ touch, oil left behind from hands created a patina or subtle layer of history on the surface of the book’s pages.
The viewer, time, and the processes of nature completed the piece.
After having a daughter, I was drawn to examine gender and identity through the memory of objects we are given or assigned as children. Using fairy tales as a jumping off place, SpellBound explores our distaff (or female) legacy – that which is inherently handed down, desired or not, by nature of the female body, cultural expectations, and familial experiences. The exploration asked me to consider what objects and messages were handed down to me via my mother and what are the legacies I want to keep and pass down to my own daughter.
Thorn dress, Rose thorns, mixed media
7 panties, details: Bloomers, Rose petals, cotton thread Sleeping Beauty, Cotton, alphabet pasta Rose Red, Cotton, ribbon Mirror Mirror, Cotton, plastic Carriage (Cinderella), Cotton, pumpkin seeds
Extended pinky, Hydrocal, sterling silver, wood
Glass slippers, Cast lead crystal, velvet
This series of chairs was created during the end of my mother's life after suffering a 7 year battle with emphysema.
Cast sterling silver, plastic, gold, and bronze
Altered book, originally published in 1890
A collaboration between fellow artist Nancy Mossback and me, Water Leaves is a sculptural book about transpiration. Day lilies harvested over various seasons were made into handmade paper by Mossback and provided the paper for the leaves of the book and its cover.