March 4-March 29, 2016/ Open Studios March 26, 2016
I spent twenty-four amazing and prolifc days making work at Caldera Arts Center in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains of Oregon. The first week I spent becoming familiar with the large studio space and majestic landscape. Meanwhile I painted watercolors in my A-frame cabin. The second week I began plans for larger, more ambitious sculptural installations proportional to the studio space. This work was created with resources at hand (drinking straws, sheetrock, lumber, paint and burnt wood). The compositions came from a need to link landscape with human desires for connection and a wish to focus on the gaps where things don't connect. The positive forms interact as if they are stretching, breaking, forming, reaching, piercing, filling, or spilling. The last week I worked non-stop in the studio on these sculptural pieces, finishing them for open studios.