Artist Statement

I stitch, I write, I glue. I rip, I paint, I mend. I stitch, I rip, I patch.

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I approach my work with vigor and openness, never knowing how a piece will turn out. My process is organic, intuitive and physical, always a work of the hands. Stitches, marks and fragments of cloth and paper are recurring components in my art, and I frequently find myself writing the words to a poem by my father. The words are impossible to read because they are deeply personal to me, not meant for consumption. Yet their presence is a tie to another time, another place.

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Repetition in my work – whether by stitch or word – connects me to the past. I am drawn to gray, rust and brown, things old, frayed, decayed – all relics of the stones and fields of the land where I grew up. The combination of the organic and the indecipherable makes the work both familiar yet unknowable.

Artist Bio

Toward the end of my professional career as a writer/communicator, I began to explore the world of art. For years I took classes that interested me, and I found myself gravitating to fiber arts: books, at first, then mixed media. I eventually found my way to stitching (sadly, a high school accident in Home Ec scared me away from sewing for decades), and I take great delight in the imperfection of my stitches because – it’s who I am. Here are the shows in which I will have or have had work:

2017

Alliance Art Gallery, Hannibal, MO, Guest Artist
St. Louis Artists’ Guild, Constructed Visions
St. Louis Community College at Forest Park, All Media Exhibit
Art Saint Louis, Honor Awards Show
St. Louis Artists’ Guild, Reclaimed

2016

 Ethical Society of St. Louis, Solo Show
Art Saint Louis, Serendipity (Jurors: Ken Botnick and Melissa Whitwam)
St. Louis Artists’ Guild, Words + Text + Numbers
Foundry Art Centre, Noticing Nature (Juror I Waye Trinklein)
Walkers’ Gallery, San Marcos, TX, Sewing Our Stories: Personal, Cultural, Universal (Invited by Linda Kelsey-Jones)
Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, St. Joseph, MO, Pairings
Manchester Arts, Fiber Arts Invitational (Curator: Dion Dion)
Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, St. Joseph, MO, Missouri Fiber Artists Pairings

2015

William Woods University (Fulton, MO), Mildred C. Cox Gallery
St. Louis Artists’ Guild, Missouri Fiber Artists, Pairings
Art Saint Louis, Fiber Focus (Juror: Marci Rae McDade)
Mendocino Art Center, Natural Dye Symposium (Juror: Yoshiko I. Wada) (Second Place Award) under Mendocino Art Center in 2015
Quincy (Illinois) Art Center Biennial Quad State-Exhibit (Juror: Miranda Krajniak)
Cedarhurst Center for the Arts (Mount Vernon, IL) Biennial (Jurors: Kathryn Nahorski and David Brinker)
St. Charles Community College (Missouri) Fiber Invitational (Curator: Christine Holtz)
Maryville University, Missouri Fiber Artists, Speaking of Fibers 2015 (Juror: Sandy Webster)
Foundry Art Centre, Missouri Fiber Artists, Speaking of Fibers 2015 (Juror: Sandy Webster)
Starlight Gallery, Highland, IL, Eight Hands: A Surface Design Collective (one of four featured artists)
Art on 30th, San Diego, “Just Sayin’”(a national juried show) 
Foundry Art Centre, At Home, Honorable Mention (Juror Mark Appling Fisher)

2014

Art Saint Louis, XXIX – The Exhibition (Juror: Nancy Newman Rice)
St. Louis Artists’ Guild, Contemporary Textiles and the Art of Stitchery (Curator: Barbara Simon)
Foundry Art Centre, Fiber Fever, An International Fiber Show (Juror: Mark Newport)
Art Saint Louis, Food Glorious Food
St. Louis Artists’ Guild, Regional Summer Exhibition (Juror: Najjar Abdul- Musawwir)
Missouri Fiber Artists’ Member Show, “Most Provocative” Award (Juror: Erica Spitzer Rasmussen)
Art Saint Louis, Silence and Noise (Jurors: Marie Bannerot McInerney and Gary Passanise)
St. Charles Community College, Regional Juried Art Exhibition (Jurors: Brian Smith and Christine Holtz)
St. Louis Artists’ Guild, A Dream or a Memory (Juror: Anita Jung)
Jacoby Arts Center (Alton, IL) – Awards of Excellence Show

2013

Chesterfield (Missouri) Arts – The Language of Art (Juror: MJ Goerke)
Art Saint Louis, XXVIII – The Exhibition (Juror: Buzz Spector)
Cedarhurst Biennial Competition and Exhibit – Mitchell Museum of Art (Jurors: Jeffrey Hughes, Amy Nadler, Terry Suhre)
9th Annual Juried Exhibition, Jacoby Arts Center (Alton, IL) – Third Place Award (Juror: Chris Kahler)
That’s Paper, St. Louis Artists’ Guild (Curator: Leandra Spangler)
Beneath the Covers, Foundry Art Centre (Juror: M.J. Goerke)
Foundry Art Centre, Paperwork: In, On, and Of Paper VI (Juror: Betty Shew)
Art Saint Louis, Under the Influence (Jurors: Kit Keith and Tom Liddy)
St. Louis University Museum of Art, Missouri Fiber Artists, Speaking of Fibers 2013 (Juror: Janice Nesser-Chu)

2012

“Transform,” St. Charles Community College (Curator: Christine Holtz)
Jacoby Arts Center – 8th Annual Juried Exhibition (Juror: Laura Strand, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville)
St. Louis Artists’ Guild – Ann Metzger Memorial National All Media Exhibition (Juror: Marla Prather, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City)
Art Saint Louis – Blur (Juror: Jane Barrow and Bill Barret)
Craft Alliance – Emerging Artists

2011

Art Saint Louis XXVII – The Exhibition (Juror: Andrew Stein Raftery, Rhode Island School of Design)
Art Saint Louis – Fiber Focus (Juror: Lia Cook, California College of Arts)
Maryville University, Missouri Fiber Artists – Speaking of Fibers 2011 (Juror:
Victoria Crowder Payne)

BOOKS

A Call to Care: The Women Who Built Catholic Healthcare in America, Catholic
Health Association of the United States, 1996
The Healthcare Poor, Catholic Health Association of the United States, 1990