When I was little I loved watching Romper Room with the hostess Miss Lois. At the end of the show she always looked through her “magic mirror” at her viewers and asked them to send in drawings of specific things. I loved doing this, and Miss Lois would send me postcards of her on the set of Romper Room. This was my first validation for making art. I never stopped. I’ve been a professional artist for over 30 years, and live and work in Kalamazoo, MI with my husband, son, 2 border collies and 2 cats.
I’ve always been interested in patterns and fragments of information. How our brain can process parts of things when they’re put next to each other without being able to physically see the greater whole.
My current work combines elements of Eastern and Western patterns in fragments that together represent something different than their individual parts. They represent an intersection of information as well as ideas of cultural appropriation, assimilation, fragmentation and alteration. I’ve focused on the interrelationships between patterns and the new identities that are formed when patterns are layered or juxtaposed.