Being a “featured artist” at the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts gives us the opportunity to present a body of work to the public. Alice, Lynn and my work all contain intricate details that we want viewers to explore, hence the title of our show, Up Close. We also all use fabric in our art. Alice creates the colors of the cloth she assembles in her work. Lynn uses fabric and other materials to clothe her sculptures and in this series of paintings I have used lace as a stencil to add a depth to the surface of my paintings. I encourage viewers to touch these multilayered paintings to add another dimension to the act of viewing.
At the Opening Reception the artists have the opportunity to talk about their work and I love hearing responses from viewers. I learn a lot about how my ideas are perceived. I am often surprised by the conversations that my paintings evoke. My theme of women and the challenges we face at this time strikes a chord with many people. I started this series at the beginning of the year, when many women were disappointed and feeling that their hard won freedoms were at risk. The Women’s March brought us together to let our voices be heard. Equality and respect are rights for everyone, regardless of gender, race or economic status. This need for a community of equal partners is the theme of my paintings.
In this painting a young woman looks towards the future. The wind blows though her hair. Life seems full of possibilities and yet she is tied to her land, her culture and her family, as represented by the quilt. This was true for most women until very recently. Access to higher education is changing some women’s lives but women have yet to reach the equal status in the workplace that their education merits.
I hope that you will visit the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts and see the show. The show will close on July 23rd.