All of my artwork from the past 35 years explores the relationship between the textile surface and pictorial illusion. Over the years, I have made several distinct bodies of work which all have certain concepts in common: an innovative use of techniques to create imagery, a commitment to craftsmanship and the beautiful object, and a search for a magical viewing experience – for both myself and the viewer.
By embroidering on pieced grosgrain ribbon, I can combine some boldness of color, with very delicate embroidery. The images selected, are from past travels and experiences, chosen because they are strong, beautiful, and, at least for me, reverberate with memory.
In developing the image, I use embroidery as a way to draw and to create an image in a new way. Sometimes there is an illusion of solidity, sometimes the negative space is developed to make the blank figure emerge, sometimes the figure and ground intermingle. Different methods of realizing the image are attempted, some are rejected and the best ones cause the image to emerge as I am working. When presence, absence, clarity and mystery are all in balance, I am finished, and ready for the next piece.