In their simplest form, a length of linen cloth from a Pharaoh's tomb, the linen bed sheets of my great grandmother, a sheet of tough translucent flax paper made in a New York City loft and a curtain of hand spun flax string are all related. They come directly from organic materials, they have their own wonderful colorless color, and they bear the marks of the hand that made them.
For me, these materials have shaped the slow emergence of a body of work that has moved from wall sculpture to free hanging units and finally to installation. The forms are born from the structure and texture of these materials. The picture formed in the mind's eye gradually becomes a place, an enterable sculpture, a tent, a shelter, a hallow tree or cupboard. The installations emerge from childhood memories, from the experience of working with seriously ill children in hospitals and from a yearning for safety and calm. The world is not safe or calm anymore.
My studio has been on 46th Street in Long Island City for many years. In the last five years, I have shown mainly installations and wall sculptures. I have had installations at the Hillwood Art Museum at C.W. Post College, Brookville, NY, The University Art Gallery at Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana, The Carriage House, Islip Art Museum, Islip, NY, The New House Center for Contemporary Art, Snug Harbor, Staten Island, The Staller Center for the Arts, Stonybrook University and the Anthony Giordano Gallery, Dowling College, Oakdale, NY and Queensborough Community College, Bayside, NY. Outside the New York area, I have had solo shows in Oregon, Illinois, Reykjavik Iceland and a small village in France.
University of Illinois, Urbana, IL
B.A. Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY Major History of Art
New York University, School of Advanced Studies, New York, NY
Born 1929, Montclair, NJ
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