Art in the Galleria Brochure
Each quarter, a new brochure is produced to supplement our showcase and found at customer service or in front of each display.
January - March 2017 brochure.
April - June 2017 brochure.
July - September 2017 brochure.
October - December 2017 brochure.
To purchase a work of art or for more information, please email Friends of the Library.
October - December 2017
My textile art is constructed with alternating turns of slicing and seaming. As the work grows and transforms, a record of every stitch and cut remains evident. I use the zigzag stitch to suggest energy, delicate connections, and ideas about how our world is structurally composed. Patterns in nature are my primary sources of inspiration. Transitions from growth to decay, motions like floating or dispersing, and microscopic or cosmic structures (like butterfly scales or the electromagnetic spectrum) are typical themes.
These sculptural animals are at once imaginary and yet those I have encountered throughout life. They stem from a casual hiking conversation in which my companion asked, "Hey, if the next person we see were to be an animal, what kind would it be?" Flipping that, I began to imagine what kinds of people the animals throughout my life would have been. There was the cat, Torah, who lived only on our roof out of apparent fear of the German Shepherds living below. Torah, who was fed by throwing cat food on the roof, would most likely be a pilot, then. Then, there's the duck we hatched out from an egg that never learned to swim. Or the sheep, Persephone, who had been given to me from a former 4H participant. The sheep constantly followed me down the road whenever I took a walk. Although the stories told here may be humorous or sometimes silly, I believe they also speak to the importance of animals, whether domestic or wild, in our lives.
In so much of my life, words have played a key role. They offer me a way to process my life—its joys, griefs, loves, losses—and a way to look with deep attention at the world itself, whether that means a tree, a painting, a relationship, a loss of habitat, a great blue heron, a flood, war, the northern lights. I write, teach creative writing, and work as an editor.
I started carving stone in 2008 when I moved to Colorado, and I will never stop. I enjoy the power of being able to transform a large block of stone into what I think it should be. I find the process of freeing an image that is locked inside this hard material to be liberating- for both the rock and myself. My inspiration comes from unexpected places. I’ve dreamed of abstract shapes, and often wish I can take pictures of them. A fleeting moment can plague me until I’ve created something with it.