While a line stretches out, a circle is a shape that doesn’t go very far. It stays in fact close to home. The Concentra series continues to explores ideas associated with home, drawing on both the CA Transplant and Sampler series.
Sewing is that functional and utilitarian method used to create clothing along with a variety of other things needed for the home. Women often gathered together in a sewing circle or a quilting bee and to build a community for one another. Their materials were common things recycled from used clothing or sacks. I am connected to them in the spirit of invention, of taking materials that are easily accessible and giving them new purpose. Taking lithographs I made in grad school, collagraphs I made in Japan, monoporints and screenprints created in Oregon and incorporating concentric circular cut fabric and the technique of sewing by machine and hand and embellishing them with embroidery and thread, I explore the material quality of the fabric and the means by which the paper and cloth are connected.
Time as a circle is pictured in the rings of a tree. Each passing year is embedded in the bark and enfolded within its trunk as the tree grows. Tightly grouped lines express slow growth, drought or lack of sunlight; abundance is seen in rings that are broad and wide. In the case of these pieces, though not necessarily in chronological order, each ring refers to a place in my timeline as an artist. Each year the artwork that I make changes a little depending upon where my interest takes me. By building upon and using previous imagery, I acknowledge the past without burdening the present and always going back to the beginning.