This multi-media retrospective spans several decades of study of forests, lakes, mountains and sea from New England to the Adirondacks and the Pacific Northwest. It also documents an exploration of new mediums to convey the textures and desires of life forms finding their way into two dimensions.
The textile work emerges as slyly iconoclastic—a break through the mythology of painting and sculpture’s private reign via objects that hang on the wall and look like they are painted with paint, but which, subversively, turn out to be scraps of cloth, threads, or yarn literally sculpted and sewn in shallow relief. These works (whose surface, like an Impressionist painting, dissolves within a few feet) offer a tactile, intimate and yet ecstatic experience paralleling surprising encounters with actual life forms, or maybe becoming them.
The work with textile also offers a statement about consumerism and ecological “resources”—both in the use of recycled materials in its intent to honor to the mystery of untamed life itself.