What interests me currently is developing a way to construct art that evokes a visceral reaction, by representing the feeling I get from a particular subject. Currently, the body of work I am creating is focused on Painted Text Weavings, a technique I first devised in 2014 for my mural in Georgetown, Seattle. Along with numerous other expressions via bright graphic depictions of the U.S. flag, these works are frankly the most honest work I have done around my feelings of the current state of devolving politics and our culture while still utilizing techniques that draw me to the studio.
The Painted Text Weavings are layers of cursive text, brush painted in carefully selected colors to create not a legible text, but an abstract. I am inspired by Mark Tobey in particular and strive to take his efforts further with use of text as a way to generate a right-brain reaction to a left-brain concepts, and often use poetry, feminist tracts, and my own creative writing. One of my recent works contains the U.S. Constitution, the text hand-brushed in its entirety on a 24-ft. work (6 four-foot panels hung contiguously). For several of the most important Amendments, I chose to use encaustic (beeswax) & mixed media. The name I have given for my technique reflects the origins of and fuller meaning of the word “text.” “Text” comes from the Latin verb “texere,” which means to create 1) a body of written word, and 2) a textile weaving. I am intrigued by the idea of melding the two concepts together to make one original thing of them, meant to address both parts of us that respond to each of them.
Several of the works I am creating now use images behind them, ones related to the hand-brushed text laid on top. These have a depth that is compelling, both visually and conceptually, as the eye and mind play with the layers. One example of this technique, a piece I have titled “In The Family Way” includes images of my two parents, separate and with Dad slightly out of the frame, and the text is Loudon Wainwright’s lyrics for “All In The Family.”