Size: 5"W x 7"H x 1.25"D
Year Created: 2012
Ready to Hang
"Octopus Larva" is from a series of Zooplankton paintings. As a subject for art-making, the consideration of plants and animals in their environments has become both lyrical and metaphorical for me, as the figure-ground relationship in nature is vital, so to speak. The translucent to transparent nature of zooplankton and their habitat as a visual investigation is fascinating, as transparency confuses the figure and ground. Based upon photographs made by scientists using microscope cameras, the backgrounds of the photographs are natural or artificial, varying by the scientists’ choices for display. In practice, I paint transparent color layers which combine to simulate the ground. This is made evident by the build-up of different color paint drips and splotches on the canvas sides. I then use both painting and glazing techniques to create layers of translucence and opacity typical of the zooplankton. The work is finally varnished, creating a painting of both contemporary and classic techniques and another melding of the figure and ground. "Octopus Larva" has been selected for a number of exhibitions including Brooklyn Waterfront Artist's Coalition, Red Hook, Brooklyn, NY, 2017, ArtSlope, Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY, 2016, Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, 2014, Las Leguna Gallery, Leguna Beach, CA, 2013, 82 Mercer, NY, NY, 2012.
I grew up in rural Ohio. While earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in drawing and painting at The Ohio State University, I was awarded a Ford Foundation Grant. I then moved to NYC to attend New York University, spent a semester abroad in Venice, Italy and earned a Master’s degree in studio art. The New York metropolitan area has been my home ever since. I now live and work in Yonkers with my husband John, who provides invaluable support, advice, and carpentry skills. Awards: Ford Foundation Grant,Easton Arts Council, "Art in the Country" Honor of Merit, Daniel Mark Duffy, juror Ridgefield Guild of Artists, "Juried Members Show" Honorable Mention, Susan Hardesty, Curator, Norwalk Community College, juror Public Collections: Brooklyn Art Library, Brooklyn, NY, Limner Gallery Collection, Hudson, NY, Purdue University Galleries Permanent Collection Private collections located in: Australia, California, Connecticut, England, Florida, Ireland, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mexico, New York, Ohio, Virginia, Washington