“I have been working with the concept of shelter, the vessel shape as a retreat for the human spirit. The condition of this vessel speaks of the condition of the spirit within. I believe we should look outside of ourselves to better see within.”
Sculpture using natural materials, such as branches, leaves and wool
Nature and its various forms, trees and plants
Artful Networks: Chicago Sculpture International, environmental groups
I grew up amongst the trees of western Michigan, leaving to go to Detroit for art school. The lack of contact with Nature left me with an undefinable sense of loss. I filled that void with sculpture made of natural materials, discovering the power of a reconnection with Nature.
I have been creating sculptural works exploring our spiritual relationship with Nature since the early ‘90’s. With works in national and international shows like Geumgang Nature Art Pre-Biennale 2009, Gongju, Korea, Sculpted Green in Bellevue Washington and local exhibits such as Cool Globes - Hot Ideas for a Cooler planet, now at the Climate Summit in Copenhagen, and Feminist Ecology - Women and the Earth, Koehnline Museum of Art, I have attempted to share my ideas about our need to create a better relationship with Nature as a way to find peace within ourselves and each other. Most recently, I have been commissioned to create an interpretive public art work for the Openlands Lakeshore Preserve.
To create tangible change, I volunteer with many of Chicago’s environmental groups such as Treekeepers, Audubon Society, Sierra Club, North Park Village Nature Center, and Lincoln Park Conservancy through restoration work, tree audits and monitoring.