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.
This is a fragment of an enormous was painting. To make this I had a large 6 foot by 7 foot plywood table top made by a carpenter. A homemade mixture of paint and chalks was carefully painted over the whole surface. I then sanded it, and lastly used steel wool. This became a foundation of the wax painting. I was trying to express the freedom in movement and colors of the sea. Hot wax in different colors was poured on the white base.This became quite a fun project because somehow colors work together.It’s an ideal piece for a lobby, especially because the surface is almost indestructible.
This is part of a wall hanging made of pored paper pulp. Since some people in my family have died, I was especially aware of time passing and all things changing. To picture this, the only thing I could think of was to cover my feet with paint and walk on the wet paper pulp. Those are my feet. You would need to come to my studio in Gloucester Mass with an appointment set up to see this wall hanging.
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.
Since I am half Irish, there’s nothing like a cup of tea for me. The idea of this was to express friendship and coziness. I cut the shape of the teapot out of thin Masonite. I got the ideas for this after a friend had given me a box of old watch parts. The plate actually has little watch part embedded within! This can be printed in any color.
When I went on a paper making tour, we briefly stayed in a hotel in the tropics. I took a late swim and floated looking at the stars. That was the beginning of this piece. It took several plates to put this piece together. It’s a strange piece.