American Vignettes

  • Artist Statement:
    Maryland is nicknamed “America in miniature,” and as a native Marylander, my work is heavily influenced by the community, culture and environment of my home state. The source for my work is often external; I glean new content from found objects, bits of history, americana, and mementos. Through documenting, observing and collecting, I create patterns, vignettes, and photographs. These objects represent portions of a whole, singular aspects or brief glimpses into a self-contained history. Each piece is a fraction of a story or progression that leaves the viewer to imagine the events transpiring before and after the object itself.
  • Story Collages (2012) installation view and details
    mixed media, found objects, recycled imagery and fabrics
    installation approximately 3' x 6'
    dimensions variable on individual pieces
  • Story Collages (2012) details
    mixed media, found objects, recycled imagery and fabrics
    installation approximately 3' x 6'
    dimensions variable on individual pieces
  • Story Collages (2012) details
    mixed media, found objects, recycled imagery
    dimesions variable
  • 40 page spiral bound book with text and digital photographs
    8" x 8"
  • The Flag Project (2012) Introduction/Artist Statement
    40 page spiral bound book with text and digital photographs
    8" x 8"
  • The Flag Project (2012) 
    40 page spiral bound book with text and digital photographs
    8" x 8"
     
    Transcpription of page:
    [wife]
    "I've had it up for a long time. This is my husband. He's been the service for seven years– World War II and Korea. He always like the flag hanging out and uh"
    [husband]
    "I fought for it."
    [wife]
    "Yeah, you fought for it. And I always did like a flag up. I don't know what else I could tell. I think a lot of people should have them up."
  • The Flag Project (2012)
    40 page spiral bound book with text and digital photographs
    8" x 8"
     
    Transcription of page:
    "Okay, well certainly being born in this country is significant. On 9/11 we were up in a hotel in San Fransisco. And we flew into San Fransisco at about eleven o'clock at night and we woke up in San Fransisco so we were able to get a car and drive home. We didn't have anything in the circle [out front of the house] other than the ivy around it and the grass in the center before 9/11. And we didn't really know what we were going to do with that and that seemed the logical thing to do [displaying the flag]. But you know we certainly have an affinity for it. But it's out there like that because that's how we felt after 9/11."
  • The Flag Project (2012)
    40 page spiral bound book with text and digital photographs
    8" x 8"
     
    [husband]
    "They're the flags of our country, that's all. From 13 stars– well actually it started with that one, the union jack. And of course you know that one [the confederate flag]. And this one, I had given to me [1776 commemorative flag] and this other one [48 star flag] also.
    [wife]
    "Where's the regular flag?"
    [husband]
    "In the garage."
    [wife]
    "We do have one, a regular one."
  • The Flag Project (2012)
    40 page spiral bound book with text and digital photographs
    8" x 8"
     
    Transcription of page:
    "Because it's my country. I love my country. I did my time. I was in the military. A lot of people died over that flag, defending that flag. The stars represented a new constellation."
  • My Flag (Our Flag) [2012]
    Crocheted yarn and linen with hand-felted stars
    dimensions variable, when hung approximately 4' x 7'