I am inspired by the connections between humans and the water and land that sustains them. Growing up in Los Angeles during the drought years made me aware of the preciousness of water and that realization has turned into a passion for incorporating water related concerns into my art. I’m drawn to the birds-eye view of the landscape and the human marks and patterns that are revealed by this view. My study of these marks leads me to ask questions about how they affect the health of our water resources. Did this aqueduct contribute to the drying up of lakes or creeks or rivers? Does this diked industrial salt pond affect water quality? Could this dam have caused this species to become endangered? I then do research to find answers to those questions and to the many new questions that arise in the process - thus allowing me to understand how the landscape has changed over time. My artwork is inspired and informed by my research process and includes the history of the site, scientific issues, maps and aerial photographs.
In making my artwork, I blend painting with quilting and embroidery techniques to create birds-eye view landscapes and maps showing the human marks that affect our water resources. I’m drawn to the allure and luster of silk and the way I can sculpt the material through stitching to convey terrain. I also like the familiar and comforting feel of textiles that comes from the integral and basic part they play in our lives. The aesthetic of beauty is important to my work: it helps make the serious and difficult nature of the subject matter I’m addressing more approachable.
I use Jacquard Silk Color Red Label dyes and Resistad to make my paintings - I build up multiple layers of dye and resist to achieve my final results. Non-toxicity is an important consideration for me in choosing the materials I work with in addition to the reliability of the Resistad and the brilliance and colorfastness of the Red Label dyes.