Storytelling is an art and a science- an art to evoke emotion, a science to create clarity, and a mysterious mix of each to provoke humor. In crafting my own stories, timelines are a critical first step. Events and milestones plotted. Then layer upon layer of impact, discoveries, epiphanies, and the making of meaning. Speaking to groups, the visual timeline helps both the audience and myself as I attach the flesh of narrative. In the studio, flesh begs tattoos? clothes? in paintings, collages, and poems. The work s above are abstractions of the process, "Interpreting Time # 1" (top), and "Interpreting Time # 2". As the series continues, I'll diversify titles. Just give me time.
Always Being Made New
Just under 4 inches square, this little painted prayer makes my heart sing. Over cobalt blue I collaged gold leaf and strips of dried palette paint. I was inspired to make this for someone going through a difficult time. He told me the story of his daughter's bold battle with ovarian cancer and her now even bolder life. My own father passed before my ovarian cancer hit so to hear what it was like for him - his pain as well as his fatherly pride for her faith and bravery - was a powerful encouragement. Even though I placed each piece myself, deliberation and delight in equal measure, it feels more like it was given to me than that I crafted it. I pray it is a blessing.