Nomadic Alter, Stitch Collage, Ink on Rice Paper, 14" X 13"
I weave a story through intuitive mark-making. My layered abstracts are a metaphor for connection and relationship. I draw on the rhythms of nature and my belief in the spirit that flows through all things. These rhythms oppose, harmonize or blend to create a captivating patchwork. I seek order in chaos and create relationships where none existed before. The Japanese aesthetic of honoring beauty in imperfection also influences my expression.
Natural materials and colors are my first choice. I favor mulberry paper for its strength and translucency. I value vintage papers for their sense of history. I choose Sumi Ink and ink I brew from walnuts for their essential quality. The element of touch guides the way I work. I often use stitch to add texture and to connect segments of my marked paper. All of the materials I use bear marks I've created myself. I use paper, thread, beads and other ephemera collected over a lifetime of travel and experience. A balance of these materials and intentions combine to reveal an expression of organic elegance.