|According to the metaphysical condition of Being, Heidegger asserts that one must be
rooted in one’s community. Rooted-ness is the essential for an artist to create a regional
status and understanding of the folk. I have been rooted in Texas and Kentucky and
many of my exhibitions reflect this idea of rooted-ness. My work has been exhibited in
Guanjuato, Mexico; Houston/Austin/Dallas, Texas; Lexington/Bowling Green/Bardstown/
Madisonville/Dawson Springs, Kentucky; Columbus, Ohio. I have been collected by the
Dawson Springs Museum, Western Kentucky University Women’s Studies department, HJ
Bott (a Houston, Texas based visual artist) Artist Thornton of the Thornton Foundation, and
Warren Weitman (the Chairman of Sotheby's North and South America). My involvement
in the communities that I live/lived extended to my work with academic pursuits such as
my work with the University of Texas journal: Sojourn Journal of the Arts and Humanities
where I edited the art section for two years. I also have interviews in the Kentucky
newspaper: the Amplifier and a Mississippi magazine the KABN. I have been educated in
both Kentucky and Texas and I have been represented by galleries in both states.
|On Subject Matter
Signature: A handwritten signature of the subject (repeated and placed into
patterns) and an audio recording of the subject saying his/her name, then
edited on the computer and the printed on Dibond.
My work is inspired by Jacques Derrida’s writings on naming and the signature.
Derrida describes the signature as being an event or honest moment that
happens without any forethought. Following from this description, I began
exploring the signature as subject matter. I started with covering my
apartment walls with my own signature, and then I had a friend write her
signature on a wall as I documented the work. I began painting people's
signatures, and finally I began creating the print series. The audio recording
of the print also came from Derrida’s idea of "The Ear of the Other." We hear
words, deconstruct the information and then we interpret what we hear.
I record a person’s voice, the computer interprets the voice, and I print
Historically speaking, the portrait has been the bread and butter of many great
artists. From Rembrandt to Warhol, artists have been reinventing the portrait to
fit the needs of their patrons. Rembrandt had students paint history paintings
while he worked directly with his patron on the portraits. Warhol photographed
his subjects and had his factory produce the screen printed images on paper
and canvas. Through portraits, both Rembrandt and Warhol help pay for less
lucrative but important art. Many young artists will make pencil drawings for
family and friends to make money. Many times the goal of a portrait artist is to
money through portraits to fund other projects, however there are exceptions.
For Chuck Close, portraits are his main focus and not for the monetary benefits,
but for the experimental adventure that portraits can provide. I’m not sure what
direction my work is taking me, but I hope I am always more concern with the
more with experimental adventure, rather than the monetary benefits of portrait
The signature and the voice are like fingerprints. A portrait is a work of art that
portrays an individual uniqueness. These works are portraits and thus they are
named after the subject.
Text: I take text and abstract the words in images. Sometimes I pull the text
back out of the image. Other times I create texts that stay abstracts. I use
words and phrases from popular media and from personal messages. I pick
words at random from a dictionary and many times I pick words that have a
personal meaning to me. Words have always been a mystery to me. I read
some words backwards, I drop prefixes and suffixes to words when I am reading,
plus I read a few letters backwards. I want to crack to code of words and at the
same time help others experience text the way I perceive text, a mystified
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