"[There’s] the Jungian idea that there’s a personal subconscious and a collective subconscious. There are all sorts of things going on in our heads that may pop out at any time. It might be from your own subconscious or it might be from the collective subconscious. It might be some new take on an archetype, or from one’s dreams." - Edward Gorey, 1994
My career as an artist began with Covid. In 2018, I walked away from working as a nurse and 30 years in the Pacific NW and returned to family in NE Ohio, to rest and heal from widowhood and too many years of night shift. Covid struck in March 2020, a mere six months after moving into my new home. I have always been a garage sale and secondhand shopper and as I looked for items for my house and garden, I started collecting odd, intriguing items. I had plenty of studio space and by August of 2020 I had made my first assemblage. By early 2022, I had completed more than two dozen pieces.
My art explores birth and death, rites of passage, social issues, and the personal histories of myself and others. I am also fascinated with the history of sewing and women’s historical role as household domestic, especially when combined with other duties such as required for homesteading in the American West. I primarily create in wood and metal materials; old tools whose function is forgotten are a favorite starting point. Found photographs stimulate a story to tell. Usually the components
guide me as the piece evolves.
guide me as the piece evolves.
My hope is that the viewer will feel mystified, pulled in, and inexplicably intrigued as they free-associate with these juxtapositions of objects and attach meaning or stories to them, based on the symbology of the collective unconscious or their personal unconscious.
:: EXHIBITIONS ::
PAST SOLO EXHIBITIONS
:: The Aura of Assemblage. Standing Rock Cultural Center, Kent, Ohio. Jan 15 – Feb 12. 2022.
:: The Aura of Assemblage II. BOX Gallery, Summit Artspace, Akron, Ohio. January 13 – February 11, 2023.
PAST JURIED EXHIBITIONS
:: 2021 WATERLOO ARTS EXHIBITION. Waterloo Arts Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio. September 2021.
:: BRICOLAGE Annual Exhibition. Stella’s Art Gallery, Willoughby, Ohio. December, 2021.
:: 18th Annual FRESH 2022 Exhibition. Summit Artspace, Akron, Ohio. Jan. 16 – March 26, 2022.
:: CREATING DURING CHANGE. Cleveland Print Room, Cleveland, Ohio. June 11 – July 9, 2022.
:: 76th OHIO ANNUAL EXHIBITION. Zanesville Art Museum, Zanesville, Ohio. June 23 – Sept. 9. 2022.
:: SIZE MATTERS. Stella’s Art Gallery, Willoughby, Ohio. July 8 - August 7, 2022.
:: AKRON ARTS EXPO 2022. Hardesty Park, Akron, Ohio. July 23 – July 24, 2022.
:: VALLEY ART CENTER 51st ANNUAL EXHIBIT. Valley Art Center, Chagrin Falls, Ohio. Nov. 4 – December 14, 2022.
:: KALEIDOSCOPE. Summit Artspace, Akron, Ohio. October 7 – December 17, 2022.
:: 19th ANNUAL FRESH EXHIBITION. Summit Artspace, Akron, Ohio. Jan. 13 – March 18, 2023.
:: ARTISTS OF RUBBER CITY JURIED EXHIBITION. Summit Artspace, Akron, Ohio. April 7 – June 17, 2023.
:: 100th ANNUAL NICOLE & HARRY MARTIN SPRING SHOW. Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA. March 17 – August 11, 2023.
:: 77th OHIO ANNUAL EXHIBITION. Zanesville Museum of Art, Zanesville, Ohio. June 22 – September 9, 2023.
:: AKRON ARTS EXPO 20223. Hardesty Park, Akron, Ohio. July 22 – July 23, 2022.
:: OVERDOSE AWARENESS EXHIBITION. Summit Artspace, Akron, Ohio. August 31 – September 16, 2023.
:: CONTEMPORARY DEBRIS. Valley Art Center, Chagrin Falls, Ohio. September 8 – October 18, 2023.
:: THE NEW NOW 2023. Artist Archives of the Western Reserve, Cleveland, Ohio. September 14 – October 26, 2023.
:: 110th ANNUAL ONLINE EXHIBITION. Allied Artists of America. Sept. 1, 2022 – Sept. 1, 2023.
:: 22nd Annual Environmental Art Show. Standing Rock Cultural Center, Kent, Ohio. April 16 – May 28. 2022.
:: FIVE. Troppus Projects, Kent, Ohio. June 2022.
:: Artists of Rubber City Members Show. Summit Artspace, Akron, Ohio. 2023.
:: Heights Arts Members Show. Cleveland Heights, Ohio. 2023.
:: Artists Archives of the Western Reserve. Cleveland, Ohio. March 23 - May 5, 2023.
:: Member's Show, Artists Archives of the Western Reserve. Cleveland, Ohio. March 23 - May 5, 2023.