I am a mixed media artist who primarily uses textiles in my work. Though contemporary in every sense, the work I do references traditional “women’s work,” slowly built up, mostly by hand, with a needle, using gentle materials – fabrics, thread, floss – in addition to more modern edgier ones such as Tyvek, metals and found objects. My work is detailed, often with reflective surfaces and tiny, rich elements, and does not always neatly fit typical categories but includes collage and heavily worked or embroidered surfaces as well as art quilts and weaving. I choose from myriad techniques, whatever works to express my vision.
I love the process of making, but my work is always idea driven. I work in series so that I can pursue themes of importance to me. The 15,000-55,000 year-old cave paintings of northern Spain, southern France and Australia are the subject of one such series. Pomegranates, which represent fecundity and come in the most amazing colors, create an additional one. A series of about industrial detritus is made of fabrics, rusty metal and random “junk” which sparkles and intrigues. Early human mark-making is an ever-present theme. My series Fierce Winds explores the excitement and terror of searing winds which have been exacerbated by sudden climate change. And Confluence, a show I curated and sent to six venues over three years, considers aspects of water: its beauty, scarcity and impact. My work in Confluence deals with the Pacific Gyre and was comprised of household plastics and other discards.
In 2019, I completed a 3-part series called Incarceration. It explores issues of imprisonment and is based in part on a visit to Alcatraz and study of a WWII POW camp in Hereford, TX, which led to the artistic development of Arturo Burri. There are 9 quilts, 17 “cells” on stretcher bars, and a dozen 6” square embroideries called the Keys. A new collaboration (Bent Needle Collective) is in the works as is a new series examining the relationship between degradation and hope.
Subsequently, I made a series of 17 figures which range in height from 1' - 7'. Wounded Sentinels are forest guardians doing their best to protect us from the ravages of climate change and the devastating fires that it has lead to. During the pandemic I created 2 new series. The first was of small, colorful but quite small embroideries called MINIMS. The second was Pendules. These are big, bold multi-part pieces in 3D. They are wall-hung but can be viewed from various angles and their shadows are an essential aspect of the work.
My recent work is primarily three dimensional. It demands attention, literally stepping off the wall into space typically reserved for the observer. This requires the viewer to both stand back and then move in, carefully closer, to see the details. Whose space is this? Is compromise required for the observer to share the experience with the artwork? A new challenge and reformed dialog for both the creator and the viewer.
My curatorial approach is to collect the very best work on a clear theme and present a “ready to hang” exhibition. These exhibits are designed to meet the stated mission of the exhibiting venue and I work closely with the exhibition department. I have done a great deal of publicity and bring that to the shows I curate. I have been the co-chair of PR for the Art Cloth Network for well over a decade.
The objective of my artwork is to awaken the mind of the viewer by means of visual seduction.
1968 B.A. Costume Design, University of Hawaii
1973 M.A. Deaf Education, California State University, Northridge
1989 M.A. Linguistics, California State University, Long Beach
1972-1976 Taught the Deaf for Los Angeles County Special Education
1977-2006 Taught the Deaf and ESL at El Camino College, Torrance, CA
1965-85 Designed and built costumes for Shakespeare Festivals,
university and community theatres
1980-1984 Producer and Artistic Director of Music in Motion, a sign
language theatre troupe which performed extensively
2001-2006 Established and was president of Yellow Fox Foundation,
which made grants internationally to artists and humanitarians.
2006-present Full-time studio artist, exhibit curator and art teacher
REPRESENTED by Kathy's Gallery 4433 Sepulveda Bl. Torrance, CA 90505 (1)310 792-4838
TEACHES a wide variety of art techniques at FiberFly Studios in the Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA.
Contact at FiberFly@icloud.com
Art Cloth Network, 2010-present (publicity co-chair)
Bent Needle Collective
OzQuilt Network Australia 2011- present
Quilts on the Wall, 2002-present
San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles 2011-present
Studio Art Quilt Associates, 2002-present
Surface Design Association, 2002-present (So.CA and HI regional rep, 2010)
Textile Arts Los Angeles 2017-present
Visions Museum of Textile Art, 2006-present