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I am interested in what gets passed down genetically, socially, historically, as well as what we find and keep, what we leave behind, and how this continues to shape our identity. Working both two and three dimensionally, I use graphite, paint, netting, wires, encaustic and collage to connect life experiences such as family, womenʼs work, trauma and loss, aging and my love, fear and connection to water.

Wire and netting are shaped and formed, then dipped into vats of over- beaten pulp that dries over the form like a taut skin. Handmade paper, old books, dried plants and found objects are caught in these nets and layered together to navigate new understanding and territory. These filtering nets reference the body which houses our spirits as well as our baggage.

Shadows cast on the wall by the nets are an integral part of how the work is
experienced. Shadows, like cancer, or other trauma, can offer us a new perspective on things- depending upon where we stand. As a surfer and swimmer, I also appreciate the play of light upon and under the water, constantly moving and shifting. These works on paper are a meditation of process, presence, and appreciation of the fragile beauty of life.


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