ARTIST STATEMENT: Born in Queens, NY to a family of artists, inventors and actors, I grew up painting and writing. My work has been exhibited in galleries and museums in both the United States and abroad and is held in public and private collections including the The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The New York State Museum, The Orlando Museum of Art, The Zimmerli Archive, The U.S. State Department, and Trierenberg Holding AG (Austria).
My body of work—described by New York Times critic Ken Johnson as a combination of "painterly verve and hellish beauty"—is particularly concerned with examining and amplifying the intrinsic abstract beauty of deteriorating or overlooked corners of urban architecture, waterways and infrastructure. My present body of work makes the case that there is too much of everything-too many leftover objects and people. The enigmatic shapes in scrap yards become interchangeable with animals, or spectators on bleachers, while musical notes grow out of spare parts. Many of the works are enormous and meant to envelop the viewer in an unknown lushly painted terrain.
The scrap yards interest me as sites of organized chaos, formally beautiful yet apocalyptic and terrifying. I seek to inform the viewer of the grandeur inherent in the experience of existing inside of a location that is large in scale and man-made, yet devoid of human presence. Nature often exists as an encroaching afterthought. The juxtapositions of conflicting images, such as man-made detritus with nature, serve as commentary on a post-9/11 sense of impermanence, and the imperative to consider the finite nature of the earth's resources.
"Acutely observed, remembered and then re-imagined, these futuristic scenes are not so much renditions of a specific location as they are dizzying translations in paint of Mitty's wonderment at the endless variety of visual information offered up by her subjects." -- Art in America, January 2006
Studio Shot 2014 Some recent works in my Red Hook Studio. I am with my dog, Elgin.
Exhilaration 2012 Oil on canvas 66x96 Memory of an amazing man made landscape in Brooklyn seen on a day with a fast blowing sky.
Rapture 2013 Oil on Canvas 92x80 Memory flashes of scrap yards, urban architecture, detritus and my home interior.
Notes in Music 2 2013 Oil on Canvas 50x120 Memories of sails and sea glass blend with those of car doors on racks for sale.
Notes in Music 1 2013 Oil on canvas 66x96 Car doors and other scrap on racks morph into bars of musical notes.
Vanished 2008 Oil on Canvas 80x92 The old sugar Factory that existed on the pier in Red Hook, Brooklyn.It has been torn down, but was an amazing sight. The interior and exterior were so impacted by natural forces, that they had become
Detroit Burned House #2 2015 Oil On Canvas 48 x 72 Memories of burned houses in Detroit
Burning House 2014 Oil On Canvas 40 x 30 Memories of burned housed in Detroit. The house that I saw was already reduced to burned remains. I was thinking about the violence and waste that pervades the city of Detroit and decided to literally
Boating 2012 Oil on Canvas 97 1/2 x 49 Scrap loading by the Gowanus Canal
Chandelier Cold Day 2015 Oil On Canvas 24x24 This painting is mean to evoke the feeling of existing inside of a warm room high above a cold urban landscape
Blinds 2015 Oil On Canvas 16" x 12" Memory seen in the ruins of a factory window in Detroit.
Cinderella Barcelona 2015 Oil On Canvas 60" x 60" Melange of images remembered from Barcelona architecture
Grand Entrance 2015 Oil On Canvas 24" x 30" Layered memories of neighborhoods in Brooklyn.
Sagrada Green 2015 Oil On Canvas 30" x 30"
Three Stained Glass 2015 INK & GOUACHE ON PAPER 11" x 13"
Barcelona Blue 2015 Oil On Canvas 22x12 A memory of cathedrals and stained glass from Barcelona
Red Tug 2015 Oil On Canvas 18" x 54"
Tugs Buttermilk Channel 2015 Oil On Canvas 60" x 72"