2018-present- work is social and political in nature. Until the work is exhibited, I will not be publicly posting the images. Below are statements about the current work.
In our current world of online social media consumption, I examine how we use language as a way to communicate. What words or expressions bring people together or act as a weapon to divide? The explosion of countless online political and social websites forces us to reckon with the power of language as a unifier and divider. How do we self-identify? What groups attract us? How do we engage online? I explore how we use language in this real realm that sets ourselves apart, allows us to fit in, self promote, or demean and marginalizes another group. How do we communicate for the sake of gaining, exerting, or exercising power? Language can become a fundamental tool for splitting and destabilizing the whole, by instilling fear and hate, or bringing individuals and disparate groups together. How do we grapple with the power of language in our social media driven world, for the sake of our future?
I began with thinking about language and communication through the world of online dating, examining how these websites look at and create a sense of identity. Algorithms used on those websites help create a perception of personality and values, as a way of setting one apart, while binding one another together in a group or community. I considered how online dating language tools help market individuals through the use of a reductive form of language, and as a way to attract or reject potential partnerships. I created several works objectifying words associated with identity, personality characteristics, values, and perspective.
In my “Women’s Work” series, I examine gender through words and phrases used in public discourse to describe women’s and men’s actions, behavior, attitudes, and outlooks. With the emergence of the “Me Too” movement, the 2016 Presidential election, and the recent high-profile sexual allegations against men in power, it is becoming increasingly apparent that language plays a major political role to undermine the identity and equitability of women.
Photography Series: Dye Sublimation and Solvent Transfer Prints
I view photography as tool to investigate ideas. My intention is to create ethereal, placeless worlds where I explore the interplay between past and present, imagined and existing, fragility and permanence, transition and change. The “lingering remnants” or vestiges from our continuously evolving world, captivate my imagination and are the stimulus for my multi-layered, photograph-based narratives.
Over the years, I have come to recognize the enormous impact and influence being the second generation of a WW ll Holocaust survivor has had on my artwork. The stories I heard as a child about desperation, flight, and a fight for survival have resonated with me and are a part of my identity, even though I was born and raised in the United States. Recently, my work has focused on the enduring traces of collective trauma. In the summers of 2016 and 2017 I travelled to Eastern Europe, for a project examining the intersection between history and memory as it is related to survival during WW ll, The Holocaust, and the following Soviet occupation. Since then, I have been working on a series that raises questions about the composite nature of survivors’ collective history, and the meaning and effect of trauma on the past, present, and future generation.
In the studio, I work intuitively, using collage techniques to construct, juxtapose, and tie together multiple layers of imagery. The images are printed on aluminum panels using a dye sublimation process and may be printed in varying sizes.
Inked Prints 2013-2014
In 2013-2014, desiring the challenges and stimulation of a new aesthetic, I began exploring the concept of transition and change while experimenting with the richness and density of the hand printed mark. I applied ink on paper using varying sized ink charged brayers. In these works, my focus centered on creating abstract images that conjured an impression of atmosphere in a state of becoming or dissolving. The prints are mounted on individual wood panels and may be reconfigured in a variety of ways, allowing for an interactive component between the viewer and work.