Materials and processes excite me. Combining media is a part of my process for making, as the same form will be inherently different in a new material. Sometimes what is possible is dictated by the context the artwork is destined for, such as a craft gallery or alternatively a fine art space. The versatility of paper as an expressive medium also runs through much of my ‘themed’ areas.
The Making of the "Kachina"
I have long been fascinated by objects made by people representing belief systems in many parts of the world to produce a specific outcome to their material welfare, such as rainfall, fertility, curing of illness, disease and growth. The focus of my attention this year has been on the “kachina” of the New Mexico Hopi pueblo people. These ritual objects were imbued with supernatural power and as members of an intangible world had powers humans, alive or dead, did not. Kachinas manifest themselves in the real world through ordinary events such as corn sprouting, rain falling, or the increase in animals or human beings.
These small, cottonwood or pine figures are the starting point for my works using many disciplines of paper casting, papier maché, transfer, block and screen printing on cloth, machine embroidery, felting and quilting as well as the inclusion of a few objets trouvés. Animals for the Hopi were regarded as people who wore skins and that is the motivation for my own bovine votive offering.
Rainmaker and Guardian of Crops
Keeper of Time
Guardian of Fertility in Cattle Herds
Three Elders Herding a Cow
Hopping Doll with Fresh Fish