Mixed media collage has become my therapy and a tool in which I explore the complexity of mental disorder and sexuality. Using paint, drawing, and collage allows me to develop layers that explore the instability of tranquil health, to a re-imaging of illness, suicide and sexual desire. Situations such as suicide, shock therapy and paranoia are dissected through the use of disparate images, stripping psychological fears and long-held social taboos. Symbols like Nazis, guns, animals and wonder woman are the red thread that weave their way through my work; juxtapose to these layers of symbols are fragments of people reminiscent of color form sets that I played with as a little girl. Taking my cues from the daily news, alternative comics and medical references, I transform the cultural misunderstanding of anxiety with new visual realization. This new work evolved from my own battle with depression. While I was hospitalized I sketched out my own anxiety, fears and psychotic episodes. I found it to be very therapeutic, but also informative about the ingrained beliefs I had about mental illness. I embarked on a more investigative quest not only to answer my own questions about depression but also to enlighten others.
Biography: SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2005 Daily Grind Shag, Silverlake, CA 2004 Prints Shag, Silver Lake, CA 2002 2d + 3d = art Signatures, Glendale, CA 2001 New Work Max's, Hollywood, CA 1986 Woman of Visio n GLCSC, Hollywood, CA 1985 How to Build the Perfect CGS, Claremont, CA Woman 1984 Mixed Drinks Scripps College, Claremont, CA 1982 Ceramics & Drawings Rosenthal Gallery, Phil., PA GROUP EXHIBITIONS 2006 Small Wonders 2 Pharmaka Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 2005 Group Show Projekt30 Online Exhibition 1999 Two Person Show Arts Center, St. Petersburg, FL 1993 Two Person Show 1078 Gallery, Chico, CA 1993 Art Expo New England Fine Art Institute 1992 Sculpturama Art Building, Los Angeles, CA 1988 Dimensions '88 Lexena, KS Awards 1983 President's Purchase Award Philadelphia, PA 1982 Aurelias Renzettie Award Philadelphia, PA Collections Propaganda Studios Hollywood, CA Provident National Bank Philadelphia, CA Philadelphia College of Art Philadelphia, CA Banff Centre of Art Banff, Canada William Daley Philadelphia, PA Leslie Manning Banff, Canada Publications 1999 Art Beat Tampa, FL The Weekly Planet Tampa, FL 1994 Cinefex Los Angeles, CA 1993 Newsline Chico, CA 1989 California Art Review Chicago, Illinois 1987 Art TV - Artist Review Santa Monica, CA 1986 "Women of Vision" video Women's Resource Center, Hllywd, CA
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