ARTIST STATEMENT: THANGKAS
These are large-scale images of women over 50, created digitally and printed through a dye sublimation process in lustrous color on fabric. I am presenting them in the manner of Tibetan thangkas to give them a spiritual elegance and gravitas. These are women from a generation who will not become invisible, diminished or cast aside because of their gender and age. Their lives are written into their faces and postures. They are reflecting, thinking, laughing, speaking, dancing.
BEADS AND VIDEO
In this series, women wear jewelry and are made of jewelry. Drawn with paint, beads and sequins, they sport video necklaces and iPod encrusted tiaras. In Poem Teller, A glittering oracle speaks poems through an iPod embedded in her necklace. In the series Seeing Eyes, videos of women's eyes, surrounded by decorative beaded frames, gaze out from the wall. Other works are wearable art—iPod pendants embellished with beads, artificial gems and vintage costume jewelry.
I began using beads, sequins and embroidery in the 1970s to make a statement about women’s traditional art materials and their beauty and visual power. The embedded electronics casually incorporate technology, which is now present in all aspects of our lives. Incorporating video is a way to add to the narrative of the work. In all the work, I am creating images of empowered, sexy women, in work that dazzles and draws viewers in.