Capitol Arts Alliance, Houchens Gallery
Southeast Missouri State University
River Campus Gallery
re: cycle included in “HxWxD” (three-person exhibition curated by Michael Baggarly)
Middle Tennessee State University
Flow included in “Interface” (two-person exhibition curated by Mike Deetsch)
Greiner Art Gallery
I believe that art does not have to be an object, a thing with edges that you can take home with you. Art is visual philosophy. It exists in public and private spaces and asks us to re-consider our world. Art can ask the biggest questions. It can do this because, really, who takes artists seriously?
Lately, I’ve been thinking about the cycles in our lives. This show is about those cycles – re: cycle.
I think about the cycle of stuff. I am always amazed at how much stuff there is. Where did it all come from? Where will it all go? How many sizes and colors of plastic storage bins does one planet really need?
I think about the cycle of nurture and of genetics. About family and the four generations of mine still living – stretching from ages 15 to 96. I think about how the beginning and the end tend to curve around and meet.
I think about the cycle of karma and gifts. About messages in bottles and wishes. About things that come back to us. About silver linings.
I think about the cyclical origin of ideas, which as artists begin somewhere in the questions we ask, and somewhere within the visual world of others, and feed both.
I think about the cycle of knowledge, and the way in which we learn from those we teach or coach or parent as much as they may learn from us.Footnote 1 Footnote 2 ____________________________________________________________________ 1 With this project, I would like to thank my partner in crime, Charles Hurst. Without his unflagging assistance and support (and willingness to stand on 6-foot ladders side-by-side) my work would not be possible.
2 Visual art is one of the few disciplines that does not regularly footnote its sources, suggesting that Art springs from the maker’s head and hand, fully formed and unbidden: the immaculate conception of inspired genius. In reality, as is true with the written word, visual work is the product of many sources.
My sources number many, but in part consist of artists who regularly use everyday materials to make large installations: Tara Donovan, Judy Pfaff and Sara Sze. I also visually reference a project by Cynthia Cline, a former student, whose suspended bottle-bottom constructions were an inspiration from which these clouds evolved.