The following selected portfolio is presented in reverse chronological order.
The drawings in this portfolio are created with graphite and powdered pigment. I will sometimes draw with an object as reference, even though the resulting rendering is a very abstract version of the original.
Distilled, 2013 8"x 10" graphite & colored pigment on paper
Pursuit, 2010 11"x 17" graphite & colored pigment on paper
Cotton, 2009 11"x 17" graphite & colored pigment on paper
Cork, 2009 20"x 24" graphite on paper
Specimen #1, 2008 22"x 30" graphite & colored pencil on paper
Popcorn, 2008 22" x 30" graphite & colored pencil on paper
Metal, 2008 22"x 30" graphite & colored pencil on paper
Stone, 2008 22"x 30" graphite & colored pencil on paper
Trashbag Galaxy, 2007 26.5" x 40" photograph
This piece was produced by accident. I was casting plaster and some of the powder dropped onto a black trash bag. It looked like a million stars in a dark night sky. What a glorious surprise!
I was working a lot at this time with mineral specimens- making drawings of them and also making them into 3D objects and jewelry. This is like a swarm of mineral specimens coming together and gathering in the center. One is a drawing of the silhouettes and the other an elimination of the shapes from the paper. It was advantageous that the gallery space I was showing them in had a plywood wall. I love the way the wood interacts with the piece- it would have been much less interesting on a white wall!
I created both of these pieces while living in Germany. I used paper for all of my work there and I found that the process of making these cut paper pieces was both intense and meditative. These were a continuation of other transparent cut paper pieces I had created the year before. I like the way they can layer together to create a very complex visual that would have been impossible to achieve on a single sheet.
Fabrik, 2006 18"x 24" x 6" mylar paper, colored pencil
These photographs were taken using a flashlight and a sheet. They remind me of a night sky, or looking into a cave where a fire burns. I wanted to capture the feeling of something hidden and mysterious in these pieces.
Cave, 2005 8"x 10" photograpgh
The Center, 2005 8"x 10" photograph
This was a large piece that I made for a window space show at the Contemporary Craft Gallery in Portland,OR. All of the paper sheets hang on metal bars with space in between so that light can both penetrate and illuminate the piece- especially the white piece. I colored all of the black areas by hand with an 8B graphite pencil.
These drawings were made when I began investigating shadow forms in graduate school. I took jewelry that I was wearing at the time and lay in on the paper with a light source casting as many interesting shadows as I could. I went on from these to make jewelry pieces incorporating the shadows they produced.