About the Artist
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Read an interview from Boston Voyager Magazine
Read the summer newsletter
I am a former museum director and emerging interdisciplinary artist, working in
watercolor, acrylics, oils, or fiber.
My most recent works explore the “the feminine sublime,” which feminist scholar
Barbara Freeman describes as “womb-centric.” Freeman suggests that the endless
cyclic movements of waves and tide, and the dark mystery that surrounds us as we
descend into the unfathomably deep ocean are symbolic of the womb. This link is
strengthened by the fact that all life originated in the ocean, just as human life
originates in the womb. We are water-based creatures and we develop into our
human form protected by the water in our mothers’ wombs. 60% of our human
bodies is composed of water. Each night, we exhale water into the air around us.
When we are overwhelmed by emotion, salty water overflows our eyes and slides
down our cheeks.
The sublime has been described as signifying “unpresentable excess,” something beyond our understanding, something limitless and overwhelming at first sight. My paintings use the limitless, mysterious qualities of water as a metaphor for introspection, for “going deep” to listen to the sounds within ourselves. When we leave the solid footing of the earth to plunge into the ocean, we float weightlessly, we block out the noise of civilization, we experience something new and deep that we cannot experience in the everyday man-made world. It can be peaceful and calming, or overwhelming and terrifying. So too, is the experience going deep into our psyche. We can find peace in deep meditation when we block out the noise of our everyday lives. We also can go deep into our own minds to hear the noise within ourselves. Becoming fully aware of the traumas and memories that are buried deep within in our psyches can also be a deeply disturbing experience.
I am interested in using the theme of water as a springboard to consider these experiences, and to observe the conflicts between the rectilinear, finite, neatly organized world of our everyday lives, and the limitless, amorphous, mysterious, chaotic unknown in the depths of the oceans, and the hidden depths of our souls.
_Visit Norton Gallery to view and purchase a rotating selection of original paintings and giclee prints
- Visit the Ansel Gurney House or Alderbrook Farm Farms to purchase individual greeting cards.
- Selected cards also available at Gallery X.
- Contact artist to find out about purchasing additional original artwork.
Selected Exhibition List
"Minority Representation in Mainstream Museums, Part 1" Esthesis.org, Whitestone Publications
"Minority Representation in Mainstream Museums, Part 2" Esthesis.org, Whitestone Publications
"Minority Representation in Mainstream Museums, Part 3" Esthesis.org, Whitestone Publications
"Piecing Together the Little Known Life of Eloise Roorbach, Part One" -The quarterly journal of the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms, Summer, 2018
"Piecing Together the Little Known Life of Eloise Roorbach, Part Two" -The quarterly journal of the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms, Winter, 2018-2019
"Craftsman Farms" -Arcadia Publishing, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
"Nature Inspired Summer" - Poetry and Art Anthologies, Falling Leaves Press, Poughkeepsie, NY
"Nature Inspired Autumn" - Poetry and Art Anthologies, Falling Leaves Press, Poughkeepsie, NY
"Nature Inspired Winter" - Poetry and Art Anthologies, Falling Leaves Press, Poughkeepsie, NY
Review of "South Coast Invitational at Gallery X" - Don Wilkinson, Standard Times, Massachusetts
Review of "Active Imaginations: Artists Respond to Global Challenges" - Don Wilkinson, Standard Times, Massachusetts
Review of Craftsman Farms Book (PDF, p. 4-7) - Gordon Bond, Garden State Legacy Publications, New Jersey
New Bedford Art Museum Juried Member's Exhibition - Standard Times, Massachusetts
Fiber Art Month - Don Wilkinson, Standard Times, Massachusetts
Redux: The Arts and Crafts Revival, 1972-2012 - Judith Budwig and Jeffrey Preston, authors
South Coast Artists
Art League of Rhode Island
Pawtucket Arts Collaborative
Wickford Art Association
New Bedford Art Museum
AHA! New Bedford
Arts & Crafts Collector (a lovely tribute)
Arts & Crafts Homes & The Revival
Western Art & Architecture (discussing Stickley)
Farewell Craftsman Farms (NJ news)
Art Daily (Stickley Museum exhibition)