A BFA in visual communications from Pratt Institute in 1979 started me on a commercial path as an editorial art director for consumer magazines. I found the rhythm of working on a monthly magazine and the gear shifting required at the various stages of design and production exhilarating. There was never time for boredom and every month began with a blank canvas.
Twelve years later, a growing family steered me away from NYC and publishing. I established a graphic design studio in Chappaqua, NY and worked as creative director until September 2001 when I suspended my business to create the Flag of Remembrance, a memorial to the victims of the September 11th terrorist attacks. I stitched together thousands of images provided by family and friends of the victims, to create a 22’ x 26’ American flag of faces; a collective portrait of the victims of 9/11. The Flag is part of the permanent collection of the 9/11 Museum in NYC. When the project was complete, a 3 year undertaking, I changed course again and set up my home studio with an emphasis on making art.
Today, I am always engaged in the creative process in one way or another. The constant gear shifting I do from one medium to the next is a spinoff of those early years as an art director. Whatever the medium of the moment, it is the process that brings me back to the studio day after day, narrowing the focus of my active peripheral vision, quieting the chatter in my head and settling me in the moment. Sometimes the results are a source of pride, sometimes not but it's the process that sustains me, disciplines me, helps me discover solutions to problems, structures my days, and gives rise to new ideas and direction.
My work explores the dichotomy of everything. Simplicity and complexity; order and chaos; positive and negative; fleeting and eternal; yin and yang. It is an ever evolving exercise in achieving balance, stilling time and articulating my personal journey.
Tiny glass beads are woven together with needle and thread; one bead at time.
The ultimate DIY project. My husband and I building a geodesic dome home from a kit in the early 80's.
Remembering 9/11. The Flag of Remembrance. Thousands of photographs were transferred to fabric and stitched together to create an American flag of faces; a collective portrait of the victims of 9/11. Currently on display at the 9/11 Museum. Visit www.911memorial.org