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Grecian Skirt, 1999
woodcut, litho ink on polyester
Burnt Hills, NY
What is art to me? I think I hate that question because art is so many things. Art is creativity made tangible in a number of different forms. Art is a thought, idea, memory, or spark of imagination captured by paint, photos, and words. Art is simple and confusing, beautiful and ugly. Art is in the eye of the beholder, aesthetically. To me, art is a way to let loose and express the thoughts that crowd my head. It is a way for me to deal with my emotions. It is soothing and calming to be carving a block of wood. It is exciting in that moment of anticipation before the image appears on that 8x10 in the developer. It is comforting to see my portfolios stacked against the wall and know they are filled with me. And it is rewarding to give my work away and see the look on the faces of those who receive it.
My art, up to the last couple of months, has been about my own experience. A lot of it has included figures of women, many of them pregnant. In recent months, my work has taken a new direction towards textiles. I have been buying fabrics and printing woodcuts on them. Then I sew them into clothing and blankets. I have been working specifically with design and color, and some figures have been making their way back into my ideas and pieces. I hope to begin working more complexly but, virtually blind in this area, I have to take it one step at a time. I really like this new direction, although I wish I had discovered it sooner. I guess I was a late bloomer in finding my own path down the creative road. It gives me great satisfaction to make a work of art which is unique and that can be enjoyed in more places than just an art gallery.
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