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A friend went to Morocco and bought me unmarked vials of raw organic pigments. The names she remembered intrigued me: lapis, turmeric, crushed snails, saffron, cobalt. They brought to mind a preciousness I felt lacking, in substance and in material. I played scientist - painstakingly experimenting with each pigment to find the proper binder to create stable watercolors. Still, I sometimes I wet my paper and brushed the powered pigment straight onto the surface. The normal push and pull between control and mayhem, common in wet-on-wet technique, became magnified. The pigments seemed to shoot through the water and over the page as the water destroyed the rigidity of the paper, modifying and destabilizing any boundary it encountered. The result was lusciously unpredictable.

As I maneuver these pools of pigment and water, I do so undoubtedly from the perspective of a woman. After all, I inhabit this body, in this climate. I am drawn to something unfettered in certain images of intimacy, sex, fetishism, devastation, medical procedures and joy. In each I find a familiar flicker of the struggle between control and mayhem. Usually it is not the actual "thing" that I am drawn to, but rather the effect produced. In turn, when I reproduce theses images, having always preferred psychological drama to the pictorial, I am more focused on the act of revealing than providing specific explanations. When the works on paper are installed together a multitude of meanings and realities are apparent. The outcome is a purposeful move from the specific to the general.

2017
If All At Once
raw organic pigments on paper
11" x 14"
2017
Laid Down Pink
raw organic pigments, watercolor and sumi ink on paper
22" x 30"
2017
She Bent And Held Her Gown At Either Side (dyptych)
raw organic pigments and watercolor on paper
30" x 44"
2017
2016
Edna and I
raw organic pigments and ink on paper
22" x 30"
2017
You Lifted Up Your Face
raw organic pigments on paper
11" x 14"
2017
Oh, Beautiful
raw organic pigments on paper
12" x 10"
2017
My Own, My Own.
raw organic pigments and watercolor on paper
11.75" x 9.75"
2017
Oh, Beautiful II
raw organic pigments on paper
12" x 10"
2017
My Heart Is Good
raw organic pigments on paper
51" x 34"
2017
Often Over Me And Round And Round And Round
raw organic pigments and watercolor on paper
11.75" x 9.75"
2016
Sought Heavy Thick and Rough
raw organic pigments on paper
14" x 11"
2017
The Shining Strip
raw organic pigments and watercolor on paper
11.75" x 9.75"
2016
Handjob Bouquet
raw organic pigments on paper
11.75" x 9.75"
2016
The Way Great Ladies
raw organic pigments and watercolor on paper
11.75" x 9.75"
2016
My Small Heart Is Good
raw organic pigments on paper
11.75" x 9.75"
2016
High, Higher Than Most
raw organic pigments and watercolor on paper
11.75" x 9.75"
2016
Warp And Woof
raw organic pigments and watercolor on paper
11.75" x 9.75"
2016
How Strange it Seems
raw organic pigments on paper
15" x 12"
2017
Malleable Me II
ink and watercolor on paper
22" x 30"
2017
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First Snowfall
watercolor on paper
60" x 40"
2015
Volunteer
ink on paper
30"x22"
2015
2017
Middle Aged And Naked
watercolor on paper
36" x 28"
2015
Malleable
Ink and watercolor on paper
22" x 30"
2015
New Detail
Ink and watercolor on paper
36" x 28"
2015
Middle Aged And Naked Too
Ink and watercolor on paper
30"x22"
2015
I Am Nothing If Not You
Ink and watercolor on paper
20" x 15"
2015
Little Death #8 (Blue)
watercolor on paper
15" x 20"
2015
Repose
watercolor on paper
30" x 22"
2016
Little Death 5 (I Stole Your Nose)
Watercolor on paper
30" x 22"
2015
Little Death 4 (The Hand)
Watercolor on paper
30" x 22"
2015
2017
Taking Us Back From Ourselves
watercolor on paper
14" 10.5"
2016