ARTIST STATEMENT: I went to school at California Institute of the Arts in 1973 and have recently returned to making art. I find myself with many of the same issues and concerns now, as I did then, though now seen through the perspective of my personal history of mental illness and recovery. (Due to the severity of my life-threatening illness, I was unable to participate in society for almost fifteen years; unable to produce any art, and overwhelmed with fears, depression and psychosis. Overcoming this illness has left me with the feeling that I can do anything I want to do, and, at this time, I'm trying to finish what I set out to do thirty years ago.)
As a child, I felt secure knowing that the drawers were completely shut, doors closed, no water on the floor to slip on, curtains drawn to keep out the bad things... a kind of voodoo, in a way. I'm trying to recreate situations that were once so familiar to me and gave me such a sense of security. I'm again using familiar household materials from home and hardware stores.
I'm working on open-ended narrative events in a "sort of personal" landscape. The linoleum floor references the "behavioral institutions" I used to frequent: utilitarian, devoid of comfort, completely sanitized -- effective protection from a variety of abominable liquids. The seemingly identical plastic trees are a representation of nature made safe at the price of its authenticity.
after returning to art making i started to show my work.