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Communication is elusive, often dependent on cultural and historical associations. The verbal and visual significance of mundane experiences of one generation may be misinterpreted or even lost to other generations. My work examines the changing nature of intergenerational experiences in order to comment on themes of expectation and reality, the ideal and the everyday.
I use imagery that incorporates information inspired by pictorials with accompanying text found in early- and mid-twentieth century publications on home management and decoration, health, etiquette, education and home repair. Texts from these sources are used for conception and provide the title for the work. Idealized and suggestive contemporary fashion advertising is additionally an influential source.
Recent developments include adding wallpaper, especially toile, as source material. The romanticization of domestic history is particularly marked in toile wallpaper patterns and thus integral to my work. I produce my own patterns, combining and layering decorative work and figuration from many unrelated sources. I combine images from one era with another, or link them with diagrams, to encourage information displacement and disorientation, similar to information overload in today's easy data access. Remixing the narrative creates new associations. Each method changes and deconstructs any hierarchy of information.
I have lived in Ithaca, NY, since 1987, where I also maintain my studio. I show both nationally and internationally and my work is in over 50 public and private collections, and in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum, NY; the Denver Art Museum, CO; the New York Public Library; the Newark Museum, NJ; and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England, among others.
Most recently, in 2007 and 2009, I organized an international printmaking exhibition and related symposium in China, which included a month-long professional tour with exhibition and symposium participants.
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