My creative journey began with photography and creative writing and after several years led to cast iron, bronze and welded sculpture. For two years I co-chaired the "Women, Iron and Fire" conference held at the University of MN Art Department. My work was in a number of local exhibitions. At this time I also became a Chef and spent a number of years being "sculptural" with food.
For the past 7 years I've explored photography as a medium of expression with this quote in mind --
"It is not the object that matters to me but what is between them: it is this 'in-between' that is the real subject of my pictures." - George Braque
My work is inspired by a number of artists including Caravaggio, Edward Burtynsky, Mapplethorpe, Doug Beasley and Edward Weston.
I hope I bring to photographs a sculpture sense of essence and energy and spirit we might find in this world of ours.
Current shows include work in the galleries Goin Postal, MN Discovery Center, Great Lakes Commons and my work has been chosen by Rebecca Wilson, Curator of Saatchi Online for several black and white collections.
Please feel free to comment on my work and/or email me if you so choose.
Thanks most kindly for taking time to look and consider my work!
When I grew up I spent my summers at my grandparents cabin. Caribou Lake. Lutsen. It was this kinda Adirondack upstate NY lodge on a mile of lakeshore. Yes, I led a pretty enchanted childhood those summers.
So, when I was about 5 my grandmother started telling me the stories of all the Navajo rugs and Apache baskets and the Ojibwe sashes and beadwork and the Lakota parfleches and pipe.
She always wanted me to find the break in the symmetry of the rugs. And, one day, I started finding them. One on each rug. And she told me the break in the rug was the place in the rug for the bad spirits to leave the rug.
Years go by. My family vacations are always on some archeologic site, or the Painted Desert, Black Hills where I was told the name was Paha Sapa.
A few more years go by and one day my aunt and uncle take us to the Minneapolis Institute of Art.
And I"m looking, finally, at all the paintings.
And I'm trying to find the break in the symmetry of all those paintings because my grandmother told me there had to a break for the bad spirits to get out....
I never found one.
And I still can't figure out how the bad spirits get out of these paintings....
Mound, MN, United States
Fine Art Photographer.
Guest Chef, Charlie Trotters, Chicago
U of MN, Art Department. Photography, performance art and cast iron and bronze sculpture.