Chasing The Midnight Sun 2014
This work was produced during a 2014 summer residency at NES Artist Residency in Skagastrond, North West Iceland. These works on paper are a result of an intense and concentrated observation of the ever -changing illumination of the summer Midnight Sun. My work seeks to capture the relationship between color and light as it interacts with the earth, sea, and the mountains.
In my current Aviary series, the image of the bird appears in an almost obsessive way. This bird image is based in memory, leading me back to my grandfather’s aviary. It is also symbolic, the image of the bird in mythology and the ideas of flight, travel and freedom. I strive to marry the formal concerns of traditional painterly abstraction and pattern painting with images of birds, birdcages, with some type of recognizable but abstracted space. The body reappears in my most recent paintings and mixed media works. It takes its form from the simplicity of childhood images and memories of an innocence lost. They become simplified contour shapes like a cut out doll, a dress or an article of clothing. Many of the paintings in this series have collaged images, notes, and letters associated with the person. They are symbolic portraits with a personal narrative of family and close friends.
Migration Project: Iceland
In keeping with the theme of migration and the importance of Northern Iceland's role on the migratory path of the Arctic Tern, I placed a covey of handmade ceramic birds in various public settings in the town of Skagastrond. People can discover, enjoy, take for themselves, pass along to friends and loved ones or move the birds to a new location to be found by others. Each bird has a tracking label and information to instigate their migration. I have asked participants in this collaborative project to email or upload a photograph of the bird so that the location and migration can be logged on this link.