Looking at this series of pigment prints on handmade paper, you notice the irregular edge of the paper and the bright colors of brush strokes. After a moment, rooms and landscapes become visible. Floating across the spaces are pieces of antique lace, strands of horse hair, or a strip of cloth torn from an old shirt. There are areas of light and shadow, like clouds passing on a sunny day.
It's as though you are remembering a place, a time, a moment that you can't quiet discern. Like trying to return to a dream you've awaken from. The objects and spaces seem ordinary, but you are left with a sense of searching, watching, and waiting. These places feel lonely. You might notice crosses, stars, and figurines. Objects meant to comfort and remind us of our connections to one another.
This project started with interviews I conducted with herbalists in the Ozark and Central River Valley regions of Arkansas. I was interested in people who were growing their own medicine. In the interviews, I was trying to understand how the person's life had unfolded so far. I wanted to know about their adventures, loves, and losses. They explained their relationship to plants, places, and the health and illness of their bodies. They offered me pieces of cloth, recipes for tinctures, and lists of herbs. I photographed their homes, cherished objects, and gardens while thinking of the stories they had just told me.
I made the paper with medicinal plants as well as other plants from my own garden- cotton, hibiscus, and mulberry. I created paintings based on the photos I'd taken. After scanning the paintings, I used a computer to blend the photographs and painted imagery. Then I printed the images on the handmade paper using a large format HP printer with pigment inks. The images were selected and adapted to best fit the composition of the paper. Some of the pieces were coated in encaustic (resin and beeswax).
Batesville Area Arts Council Gallery, “Different Invisible Lines” Group show with Culture Shock, January-March
Batesville Area Arts Council Gallery, “Natural Treatment”, Solo Show, March-April
Boswell Mourot Fine Arts Gallery, Little Rock, May 25 - June 15th Opening Reception May 25th 6-9pm
Bulter Center Gallery, Loft Space, Little Rock, June- September