My current works are collections of materials, patterns, forms and memories. My way of bringing my more rural roots into my current city life. As a child I would visit my Nonna's house on Shelter Island and my brothers and I would pick up treasures on the beach. Shells, crab claws, pieces of seaweed—and when we were lucky—an intact horseshoe crab. When we would get home we'd organize these objects into little, curated shrines to the sea.
This series is a reflection of these experiences and, in a sense, a continuation of that process of shrine-making; an homage to nature, but also to the memory of growing up in it. Acrylic paint, cut paper, ceramics and handspun yarn are formed into highly-detailed images and shapes that evoke living organisms. On multiple levels, this series embodies a yearning for a more "real" way of living as organic patterns and forms are coupled with traditionally considered craft media to create installations that evoke the past, both recent and distant.
Picture books introduce children to a love of art. Today’s picture book artists are some of the world’s most innovative visual artists, pushing boundaries with their use of both traditional and digital tools and techniques. This juried exhibition will showcase a broad array of styles and mediums including both published and non-published work and is suitable for audiences both young and old.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a Pop-up Picture Book Shop stocked full with books and prints of work featured in the show. We'll also be featuring a number of artist and author meet and greets during the exhibition.