Through my print work, I am seeking to represent plants as they come to life through dynamic movement and color derived from handmade plant inks. These plants are calling to the viewer, attempting to attract the viewer’s attention. The plants are often rootless, they bloom extra flowers, have serpentine leaves, or take on mythical and feminine forms, all in an effort to identify with and attract humans. The plants sprout ropes and other means of attachment as they seek to repair broken connections with us.
My images are woodcuts, printed and hand-colored with handmade and harvested plant-based inks. This slow process reflects the unhurried and deliberate relationship rebuilding necessary for lasting connection. The nature of printmaking allow for reproduction to reach wide audiences. With each print, my hope is that viewers will connect with these plants and begin to seek out relationship in Nature.
1. Dandelion, 16” x 20”, 2019, woodcut printed with soy based ink on paper
2. Dandelion, 16” x 20”, 2019, woodcut printed with soy based ink on paper colored with handmade turmeric, fresh iris, and oxidized copper.
3. Rattlesnake Master, 16” x 20”, 2019, woodcut printed with soy based ink on paper.
4. Tulips, 2019, 18” x 22”, woodcut printed with soy based ink colored with handmade avocado, turmeric, iris, oxidized copper inks.
The Grandmothers is a series of natural ink and gouache paintings on paper. These portraits of elder women have been created with handmade inks made from wild harvested plants, as well as kitchen scraps. Most of the clothing and birds and animals are painted in gouache. This series explores the intermingling of natural and traditional mediums, as an expression of elder-hood and spirit.
1. Abuela, 5x7, black walnut ink (portrait) and gouache (hair, bird detail and clothing) on paper.
2. Kuhn Oma, 5x7, sumac, elderberry, and turmeric ink (portrai), gouache (hair, glasses. bird detail, and clothing)
3. Grandmother Josephine, 5x7, black walnut and elderberry ink (portrait and hat) gouache (fish and clothing detail)
4. Babushka, 5x7, india ink (portrait), gouache (chicken).
5. Oma, 5x7, elderberry, sumac, black walnut, turmeric ink (portrait), gouache (clothing and birds).
6. Daadee-Ma, 5x7, black walnut and elderberry ink (portrait and bird detail), gouache (clothing).
7. Lita, 5x7, iris, avocado, coffee inks (portrait and clothing), gouache (bird detail and clothing).
As a woman and artist I am interested in examining the ways women are connected to one another. I use hair as a common denominator of our personal and public display of sisterhood.. These small drawings tell of larger stories of cruelty, support, loss and connection woven in and through the hair of women and girls.
Some pieces, in this series, were shown at Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, IL in December 2018.