Artist’s Statement

The making of art for me is a temporary and fleeting process. Once I have finished and shown a piece I am alarmingly uninterested in it. Hence my attraction to installation.

Altered space is something I have been turning over in my mind since I was a child. I grew up in Mississippi. And in Mississippi there were two requisite subjects in the education of young females. The first was how to give great parties and the second was how to sew. Never did I imagine how essential those two skills would prove to be in my life. The first needs no explanation. The second led me down an unlikely path. Learning to make two-dimensional materials precisely enclose a specific three-dimensional space (later to be occupied by that confoundingly complex shape, the human being) led me to my love of architecture, sculpture and the figure. I think of architecture as art with an excuse — to enclose in a beautiful way a space that is to be functional. The only thing more fun than that would be to enclose in a beautiful way a space that is totally not functional.

The presentation of a concept, solely through visual imagery, eliciting an emotional and intellectual response is my simple and difficult goal. To verbally describe or explain a work of art negates its defining characteristic. Yet we are such a verbal culture that it becomes difficult not to expect a commentary on everything we do. in the process of making art I try not to explain it, even to myself. I do, however, allow myself to play with words that act as conceptual provokers and binders. For this installation my words were translucence, enter, alter, content and altar. And of course, there is my staple word, paradox — a concept to which I am passionately attracted and for which I am eternally grateful and without which life would be boringly predictable.

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