How did you become an artist?
When I first began making visual images, I was making a transition
from literature to art. I was seeking a new vocabulary. I have been
fortunate to have been able to set up a studio with a press... a barn
behind my house. Having the studio just out the back door is an
I became an artist because there is so much to say about emotional
experiences for which there are no words. Creating images makes it
possible to "give voice" to feelings.
What inspires your art work?
Joy and pain in equal measure, patterns in nature and natural cycles
as experienced by human's during their life, dreams, the work of other
women such as Louise Bourgeois, Charlotte Salomon, Maud Morgan.
What influences You?
Music, observation, language, especially poems by Louise Gluck,
Richard Wilbur, Mary Oliver. Art work by Paul Klee (who also was
influenced by music and had a flair for language) was an early
inspiration. Louise Bourgeois is an artist whose work has influenced
me. Examples of courage resistance and breaking the mold influence me.
One example would be the work of a untutored artist like Ralph
Fasanella who became an artist late in life after being a laborer in
NY for 50 years. Another big influence is the monumental achievement
of Charlotte Salomon, an artist, (1917-1945), whose 1200 images became
her life's work: "Life or Theater? An Operetta" . Salomon's work which was
created under the dual stress of Nazi oppression and family history of
suicide, is enormously innovative and inspires me more the more I
What Medium do you work in?
I use both woodcut and
watercolor. These two media are very different, one hard with
resistance, one flowing, one chosen for dynamic black and white, the
other for nuances of color. Texture in both is compelling.
Where do You see Your work going
I'm interested in interconnection between image and words, image and
sound. The image Transition is an example of word/image
combination.. My current focus is on a project "Visual
the Music of Hikari Oe". I'd be
pleased if people designing CD's for Folk or Classical music were
drawn to my images for their covers. I'd also hope in the future to
collaborate on a project with a poet.