My thrifty Quaker parents taught me the value of repairing and recycling, thus creating my life-long love of rescuing abandoned items. Using deconstruction and reconstruction, my sculptural pieces give new life to society’s detritus. I was raised near woods and streams, surrounded by animal life; the natural world was my favorite source of artistic inspiration then, as it is now.
As my sculptural work has evolved, stories from my former involvement in legal and political issues have emerged–particularly those about women—competing with those from nature. I try to integrate these sometimes sad stories into my work, cloaking them with nature’s protection and dignity. This can create some seemingly unlikely juxtapositions, which—I believe—stimulate viewers in new and interesting directions. However, my experiences and age have taught me that a diversionary sense of humor is always necessary in life and in art.
I have been teaching myself to be an artist all my life, and now work mostly in sculptural found object assemblages—media that serve me well in making my ideas visible. As a late career artist, I have led many previous lives, and have earned the confidence to express myself freely in my work. I have always believed in doing everything to excess, and it shows: my work never bores. Art students like to hang around it, and little kids love it for its humorous/serious sensibility.