My artistic life has emerged in partnership with ecological, social awareness and responsibility. It is not possible for me to compartmentalize these, nor would I want to.
I perceive art as a vehicle of self exploration and am fascinated by the intersection of art and activism. I believe if we are receptive to an artistic experience this allows us to step outside the realm of logical thought, which tends to be linear. When we surrender ourselves to be altered visually and/or auditorily through nature and art forms, we step into the spiral of imagination. It is in this specific hallowed ground that transformation occurs. All of my artistic expressions reflect an authentic process of my Individuation, an exploration of my creativity, and my commitment to "Other." Other being defined as plants, sea life, animals, and humans.
I lived for twenty-six years in Santa Barbara, California. Two years ago I returned to Minnesota. A year prior to leaving Santa Barbara, I became obsessed with making nest sculptures in eggs. At some point, I had so many sculptures I didn’t know where to put them all. So, I made an appointment with a gallery, staged a show in the back of my Jeep, opened the trunk, and the rest is history, so to speak.
Symbolically, eggs have a wide range of meaning from the full moon, to Christian associations. For me, they represent a phase of transformation in life. For a bird, breaking out of a shell is perhaps the most stressful and chaotic day in its life. What once was a safe haven, and a necessary protection, becomes a death trap, if the bird does not successfully emerge. I felt this way about my life in Santa Barbara: a long-term marriage, a professional life, a valued circle of friends, a home, and the community at large. Engaging in this specific form of transformational art helped me to “break free” from a life that was no longer a healthy and viable option.
Once I moved to Ortonville, I didn’t know if I would still feel called towards the image of the egg. When I re-created my studio here, I found a tremendous reverence and gratitude with this specific form of expression. For all of us, we must go through phases of our life that are stressful and chaotic, and from that place emerges a new life. It is my hope to capture some of that profound beauty.
I am a lifelong artist and writer and a Jungian. The Jungian perspective has had a profound impact in my personal and creative life. Examples of my artistic expression include: performing my work on stage, writing poetry and fiction, and designing a formal spiral rose garden on the campus of Pacifica Graduate Institute, in Santa Barbara, California. I have also designed jewelry using semi precious gems and antique charms. Both my jewelry designs and nest sculptures were carried in Santa Barbara galleries.