I have produced three major series of work in textiles, and each stands on its own thematically. Although I spend time working with non-tangible physical materials in digital photography, I continue to explore work with textiles.
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“Identity” is my first textile series since “Compartments” in 2014. I took a sabbatical from textiles and explored both oil painting and encaustic sculpture during 2015; and underwent a major life change that year as well.
I moved from a very lonely lifestyle and rural residence into a more populated area, and have since become a city dweller which suits me perfectly. I have always loved cities..the energy, the dynamic and culture, along with the diversity, are so exciting
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The series, “Compartments,” refers specifically to residential land usage throughout the world. The concept began with my reaction to photographs of areas of poverty in Africa, where people lived in dumps converted into villages. The dumps were colorful due to the preponderance of printed materials strewn on the ground. A great number of Americans live in abject poverty that is typically swept out of our line of sight. Low-income housing projects and apartments with residents too numerous for their intended size cluster in our inner cities where they remain unnoticed by most Americans. The families who live in such communities often survive on government assistance programs and have never known the luxury of living in a single family dwelling that properly accommodates their size. Their living spaces are congested and small residential complexes built closely together in multi-story buildings.
Conversely, we witness the effects of urban sprawl into single-family residential homes that eventually become abandoned buildings throughout our country. Politicians tout that all Americans have the right to own a home in the suburbs. Mortgage loans were awarded indiscriminately to masses of our population who could not possibly afford to repay those loans, leading to mass evacuations from suburban areas back into the cities from which they originally fled. Their American dream vanished.
More deeply is the issue of overpopulation in the world. Statistics state that that world population will reach 8 billion between 2025and 2040. On October 31, 2011, according to demographers, the earth’s human population crossed the 7 billion mark. It took only 12 years for the global population to increase from 6 billion in1999—and only 12 years before that to increase from 5 billion. Our planet simply cannot sustain growth at these levels.
The common denominator in each piece is the birds-eye view of the dwelling that illustrates the constraints of the inhabitants residing in their own “compartments.”