In 1991, I spent several months traveling in Mexico and Guatemala. The indigenous art and hand-painted signage inspired new directions in my own art-making.
In 1992, I was awarded an artist residency in Altos de Chavon, an affiliate of Parson School of Design in the Dominican Republic. From there I traveled to Haiti which was a life-changing experience for me as an artist.
In 1994, I traveled to Greece and Italy and saw first hand the ancient frescoes and mosaics I had been studying for years. I felt such affinity with this work that I started traveling to Italy regularly to live amidst this inspiration. In 2002-2003, I spent a year living, working, exhibiting and lecturing in Italy. Based in Rome I was able to travel extensively around the country further informing my work through a visual immersion into these ancient worlds.
I have received numerous awards including a Pollock Krasner Grant (2009), a Gottlieb Foundation Grant (2007) and two New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships (2005, 1995) among others. I have exhibited widely in the United States, Europe and Mexico.
Throughout these years, in addition to exhibiting, and teaching, I have lectured on my work at many institutions including Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Umbertide, Italy (2008),Anderson Ranch in Aspen, Colorado (2006), Hunter College in New York City (2006), Sala Convegni Camera di Commercio in Cagliari, Italy (2003), Rhode Island School of Design Rome Program in Rome, Italy (2003), Temple University Rome Program in Rome, Italy (2003), The American Academy in Rome (2002),The Islip Art Museum in East Islip, NY (2002) and The New York Public Library (2001).
Feminist Artist Statement
At times, I incorporate collaged decorative elements from a variety of sources including old catalogs, field guides and vintage books into the work. Through meticulous cutting and pasting, I develop intricate designs and motifs which become a subtle aspect of the surface of the work. I use color and pattern to evoke emotion and tell stories of daily life where the viewer is drawn into an intimate world. My work is clearly inspired by the traditional, but the impact of personal history is evident in the quiet presentation of issues of gender and race.