In India’s ancient Vedic literature there is a term for a system of knowledge called ‘Sutras’. These ancient writings constitute the basic foundational text for yoga.In Vedic tradition, Yoga means ‘union’; and Sutra means ‘stitch’ or ‘thread’. The purpose of these teachings was to create unity by stitching together the experiences of expanded states of consciousness to the daily experience of life.This series was inspired by my fascination of sewing machine drawers, Appalachian sewing traditions and ancient Vedic teachings.Each box is an expression of one of the ancient Vedic yoga sutras.
Throughout my life as an artist, I have increasingly found that the deeper I look into all the fabrics and threads of life and creation, the more I find that those things which may appear to be dramatically opposed to each other on the surface are often firmly and artistically connected at their very essence.
I began exploring the use of metal leaf and gold leaf as an additional element as I created mixed media pieces. What I have discovered is that gold leaf adds another quality to my pieces...almost a feeling of light that changes during the course of a day. At times, if there is strong light on the painting, the gold gives the impression of sunlight, making the negative space a dynamic part of the piece. As the light on the piece dims, the positive image stand out more. The result is a painting that shifts with the light. My awareness of the importance of composition has been heightened by the dynamic quality the gold gives the negative space.
Keys frequently show up in my paintings. I began collecting old keys years ago, loving the different look and feel of each one. Then I started having dreams of keys. And eventually they began to show up so often in my work that it was becoming a significant thread in my work.
mixed media (paper on wood panel, acrylic paint)
Crow & Key
mixed media (wood panel, charcoal, watercolor, acrylic)
Of the Air
Long before we developed the technology to fly in machines, humans were dreaming of flying. We watch in fascination as small living things take to the air. The desire to fly may go much deeper and be more about our desire to feel free, to break free of all that holds us down on earth's surface.