I studied quilt making with Grace Earl,
designer at the Chicago Art Institute, and my prize-winning quilts
have been exhibited in Northern California, and at New Pieces Gallery
in Berkeley, where I also played a forte-piano concert.
My mother, my grandmother and my sister
have all made quilts. Although I have always sewn, I came to quilting
only in the last ten years when I began making quilts for myself
and my family. Each piece is machine pieced and hand quilted. Most
have their origin in traditional design but develop organically,
influenced very much by the personality of the recipient. I start
and finish a queen-size quilt in six to twelve weeks, working night
and day. The process takes over my life until the last stitch is
taken. I find quilting not unlike music. I am completely caught
up in the initial concept, mesmerized by color and texture, absorbed
by the rhythm of the repeating patterns.
Inspired by travels in India, Burma, and Sri
Lanka, these paintings are on canvas and paper, in acrylic paint.
They range in size from 2x2 to 3x5 feet.
This series was inspired by the ninth century
Yogini temple in Hirapur, Orissa, India. The 64 Yoginis there enshrined
represent a cult of female demons who were created by Durga whom
they then attended. They were also known as mother goddesses, most
are voluptuous, others are shrunken with age. Many are part animal,
or posed on animals, and represent supernatural powers.
Presently finding myself in an aging, changing
form, bearing the marks of gravity, I saw that there is still a
beauty in it, even though it is not the straight, tall, well proportioned
body it once was. Hence the Yogini Self Portraits.
Digital image collages.
Portrait Masks are made on the subjects face, dried,
reinforced, and then finished on the inside with black plaster.
The outside surface is finished and sanded, then collaged with images
reflective of that persons inner life, as I see it. Instead of a
mask which conceals, it is a mask which reveals something often
A series of digital collages based on common and
The classical music selections are taken from live
concert recordings. The Holograms, are excerpts from long compositions,
constructed in such a way that any part resembles the whole. Based
on mathematic formulas, they can lead to an altered state, when
listened to in their entirety.
Much of the film/video work is based on footage
shot in Asia, beginning with the 1999 trip to Burma and still continuing
this year at the Pushkar Camel Fair. Return in February for the
scene of 50,000 camels.