I think it’s a good name. During the 1980’s I was captivated by the concept of autonomy. I couldn’t have been less autonomous coming from a big family and having a big family. Maybe I found the spirit of autonomy. The plate is made from leather which moves in different ways as it goes through the press. To make this image work I cut the Masonite backing in exact shape. Essentially this is a gig-saw puzzle.
The breezes leave their mark. Impressions of flowers and grasses were created with a second plate and the sense of motion was added by running my fingers running swoops of thinned out colored paint.
This is a one-of-a-kind inking of a plate made of cardboard and scraps of paper. It is part of a series inspired by a visit to the Caribbean where we toured a network of caverns set along the shore. What I wanted to show was the monumental rock shapes, touched by water inside the caverns.
The title of this piece refers to the assembled pieces of wood that made a plate that was inked to express the loss that this came from. After selling our studio in Rockport, I noticed bits of our cabinets lying on the sidewalk. I picked them up, and back in my studio, I assembled them with the hope that I could use the sharp ends to show pain. The idea to me, we all experience pain during our life. It was interesting to experiment with color in this piece. I only made three prints, each one totally different.
When my sister was diagnosed with breast cancer years ago (she is fine now), I did some art therapy. I cast my breasts which made one plate and I created another plate with a fair amount of anger as my personal art therapy. First, I printed the orange and red and, over that, flesh color casting, which became a sort of armor as it was printed. This piece is a one-of-a-kind printing, the matrix is nowhere to be found.
My favorite blue jeans helped me create this assemblage of textures and shapes, which were glued to the Masonite board before printing. This is a unique inking, one of a kind. I love the interplay of the warm colors and the shapes that suggest something different each time I look at this vibrant print.