Throughout my career as an artist I have constructed two and three-dimensional objects and created textural surfaces in order to paint/draw on and into them. These objects include lamps, curtains, chairs as well as completely non-objective forms. I explore the subject of Fashion and Glamour intimately by utilizing the tools of the trade in the construction of my sculptural installation drawings and three-dimensional paintings. With the site-specific curtain installation “Tri-Colored Kick Pleat” (#6), I investigate and question how we frame, visualize and ultimately see the world. This continues my life-long examination of how paint and light affect shape and form. My interest in Fashion and Glamour stems from a project I collaborated on with a fashion designer while living in Chicago in 1980. I have since created numerous series of drawings based on Fashion and Glamour. This series of ten drawings titled “Dress and Jewelry” (#7-8) explores the darker side of Fashion/Glamour by exposing the excess inherent in that industry. I utilize an idustrial sewing machine, a unique tool, to ‘draw’ line and because it is reflective of the way garments in the fashion industry are fabricated. The four “Wall Dresses” (#1-4) and one “Floor Dress” (#5) are three-dimensional paintings with internal light sources. In creating these pieces, fashion issues and ideas concerning movement, color as it defines form, and illumination are explored and exaggerated. Internal light sources serve to describe shape, planes, and texture. The light plays with and defines color, patterns, layering, and transparency. The resulting shadows cast on the walls, floor, and ceiling are integral elements that dramatize the work.
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New Haven, CT