Artist Statement 

 

"I have been ‘baring my teeth’ i.e. Animal with Teeth Series 2016, and using my paintbrush against injustice and celebrating the miracle of living through painting for many years. In 2020, my brush found inspiration from living within the age of Covid-19. I documented our sequestered pain, desires and politics.

 

Born in Texas, with Mexico next door, I was influenced by the land and the Mexican folk art I dearly loved. Both the dusty colors found within the landscape of the Southwest and the bright palette found throughout Mexican folk art have influenced the way I use color. The power of stories is undeniable. Storytelling and pattern making are central to my work.

 

Spirituality threads everywhere in my world and is the cloth I am made of. I was raised in a conservative Jewish family and steeped in ritual. I understood from an early age the power and capacity of ceremony and that objects as well as the land are infused with spirit. I learned to honor something deeper than myself and found respect beyond the borders of my corporeal being. Dots lead my narrative image-making presently.

 

Dots become both energy and form. As circles, dots can become windows into consciousness. As points, dots can punctuate beginnings and endings. Dots may represent energetic molecular points of light or perhaps infinity itself. We all begin and end somewhere."