Blindfold Gallery, Seattle, WA 2012
Tell all the Truth but tell it slant —-Emily Dickinson
Through the process of filtering and organizing clues from my daily life, I construct images that narrate my quest for an alternate, deeper reality. I think of the canvas as a mirror with the potential to reflect the hidden structures of the mind. I use the language of figuration and abstraction to show varying degrees of actualization and disintegration of forms. This fracturing allows me to show movement and the passage of time. It also allows my images to remain open so that I can transform both the structure and the meaning throughout their development.
This work took me on a narrative journey that began by creating a cast of characters (Chief, Warrior Princess), props (Black Mirror, Headdress), and a setting (Dystopia). I combined these elements into scenes that imagined an open, mystical communication between European settlers and Native Americans. This work became a desire to re-imagine that exchange as one of listening and absorbing the native consciousness of the land and spirits.