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< Run Girl

33” x 58” x 6”, Mixed Media, 2017


Portrait of an unnamed girl who has broken away from her metaphoric “urn home”. She has now begun her journey through an unknown forest.



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< Portrait of War

42” x 32” x 9”, Mixed Media, 2014

An unnamed portrait of a woman living within the

confines of a warring state.The men who have

protected her are dead or lost. Although she is

overwhelmed, she stands strong with the knowledge

that once again she must defend, protect and

nourish those she loves. She lives within the

metaphoric boundaries of her ancient urn, just as

the women who came before her.


The detail shows redrawn digital images of women

found on ancient Greek urns created in approximately

450 to 500 BC.As men traveled to the war front,

women took up spears in order to protect the family

left behind. Also shown are women as nurturers

caring to the needs of male soldiers on the

battleground and when they returned home

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<  21st Century Venus of Willendorf  

48” x 34” x 7", Mixed Media, 2015 


A 21st Century fertility symbol created from scientific invention, empowering women to make their own choices about pregnancy and parenthood.


This artwork conveys the contrasting dichotomy of current and traditional views on fertility. The main form of the work is a modern interpretation of the ancient Greek amulet (a faceless, broad chested, big bellied figure) which was a commonly used talisman for women longing for reproductive prosperity. Here we see this same amulet but stripped of iconic physical femininity, replaced by the amulet of today’s generation, Clomid, which medically "enhances" ovaries, giving a chance for women struggling to bear children. 

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<Erigone Freed

72” x 32” x 7”, Mixed Media, 2016


My interpretation of the Greek mythological character, Erigone. The Greek tale places her as a victim who cannot rise above her grief. As an ordinary mortal, she creates her own future, rather than leaving her destiny to the mythological Gods.

The ancient Greek Spring custom of pubescent girls being pushed in swings by young men was part of a prescribed ritual issued the Greek God Dionysius as atonement for killing Erigone’s father and the subsequent suicide by Erigone.

Archeologists documented the ritual with the finding of tea cups decorated with images of young girls swinging. The detail shows the small image of a girl on the swing placed in the belly of my Erigone. My wire and paper construction is my interpretation of a drawing found on a broken cup circa 500 BCE. 

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< Portrait of Urn Girl in the Woods 

12” x 23” x 2”, Mixed Media, 2013 


An unnamed portrait of a women standing in front of

her ancient urn that serves as her home, sheltering

her from the unknown.

Artwork received the National Association of Women Artists Award, Mixed Media, Miriam Halpern Memorial Award in 2012. It was selected by Curator, Nancy Princenthal for inclusion in the A.I.R. Gallery, “Biennale 2015: Making & Taking: Pictures Reconsidered”, Brooklyn, NY.

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< Portrait of 21st Century Queen Erigone 


21” W x 17”H x 3”D, Mixed Media, 2016


The Greek mythological character has been transformed into the 21st Century Erigone. She has now matured into a reigning Queen, where she oversees from above on her “metaphorical chair of freedom”. I utilize the formal design of ancient Greek urns and characters from Greek mythology populate the work, trapped inside these vessels. Yet, in my reinterpretation of the myths, women’s destinies are not held in the hands of mythological Gods. Instead of succumbing to tragedy, they are emboldened. They overcome circumstance, and find the power and freedom to build their own future.

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< Demeter’s Tears


33” x 24” x 5”, Mixed Media, 2016


Demeter, Greek Goddess of the Harvest, lives within

the structure of an ancient amphora that

metaphorically binds her to the mores of her culture

set by her husband, King of All Gods, Zeus. Their

daughter, Persephone has disappeared. Demeter

begins her long journey to find her.

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The Three Sisters

# 1

18.5” x 12.5” x 2”, Mixed Media, 2010


# 2

 12.5” x 18.5” x 2”, Mixed Media, 2010


# 3

The Three Sisters: #3

18.5” x 12.5” x 2”, Mixed Media, 2010 


The Three Sisters, No. 1, 2, 3 are the offspring of earlier works, most of which created from images of friends and family who served as models. Each generation (and series) of women have become increasingly deformed as their bodies mutate into the formal structure of the amphora. Feet, hands and other body parts have now detached from the imaginary woman to become the hard casing of the urn’s surface. Each woman’s internal life can be found in the build-up of encaustic wax, collage and oil. The layering of surfaces is meant to reinforce the idea of the many emotional scars and triumphs of each woman’s complicated internal life. Although they are physically misshapen and marred they are meant to express irony and whimsy in the abstracted landscapes they live within.

 

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< Fertile Dreams


 8” x 22” x ½”, Mixed Media, 2008


First mixed media artwork to combine encaustic wax with oil paints, archival papers from artist’s photographs and direct canvas painting. Personal imagery from family and friends.

Artwork received the Gold Medal Award in Painting from the National Association of Women Artists in 2008.

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