Collected Stories

I’m excited to announce that I’ll be in a two-person show with a wonderful photographer, Kristina McComb, at Abigail Ogilvy Gallery from December 19th to February 17th. Kristina is showing new work from a series that she has been creating at the Boston Athenaeum and I’ll be showing new paintings I’ve been working on in the studio. The opening is during SoWa’s First Friday on January 4, 2019, from 6-9pm.

The paintings in Collected Stories are a new direction for me. My previous work was image-based: stacks of recognizable places and objects rendered in loosely striped formations, allowing for narrative connections to resonate across and between them. Later, I focused more on a single dominant image, often bird-related, with painted and collaged stripes adding energy and rhythm. My new work is a return to using stripes as structure, only now I’m stacking and relating fields of color and collage. The collage is a mix of things both random and meaningful that have been obscured with layers of paint: old shopping lists, vintage comics, book and magazine pages, printed papers, junk mail, my daughter’s early doodles, pieces of my husband’s works on paper, etc. (In the studio, nothing is safe.) Pulled from many different places, these elements bring with them a sense of story. The wash of paint acts to join the disparate pieces and also to obscure their content, so that what remains is more of an impression or hint, asking the viewer to look more closely.