Plant Forms are from nature as seen, the Companion images
are more studio explorations. Loon Reflecting is part of a series of
birds in various
guises having to do with projecting a persona, playful and
poignant. The Merwoman is a figure that developed as objects came together
studio shelf: shell, mask and Barbie. I came to like her,
wanted her to present herself with dignity and ended up writing a children’s
book about her, a spirit looking for home.
The octopus is a strange one that came to mind full blown during a concert
of experimental music. I wondered later if the image followed the journey
of ideas from the depths - inspiring and odd as new music, intriguing
in its unfamiliarity.
The Mother and Child and Buddha Bear are part of a series on stuffed
animals. In conversation with children and adults about their soft childhood
colleagues, I was surprised and charmed at how warm and detailed their
narratives were. Friends kindly lent beloved creatures and dolls. The
old kangaroos are mine and - with an old book, in a gentle light - I
found them to embody a moment of maternal protection / encouragement,
loving and challenging core of mothering. The Buddha Bear is a favorite
the series with his serene posture and surface worn by listening and
the protection of the lion to the comfort of stuffed animals to the
challenge of the unfamiliar, I like to think we are in the synchronistic
presence of companions.