The influences that flow through my work have been the resources I gather to make meaning in my life. They are derived from the sensual, rich and vibrant colors of my mother’s sari fabrics, the ceremonious use of flower petals and the ornamented objects that resonate with personal stories. Another influence is more philosophical, pertaining to the many discussions with my father regarding physics and the laws of nature.
I am interested in how identity is constructed and how it is fused and woven into a tightly woven construct. As energy and information flow is collected through time, it forms and informs our sense of identity. Always in flux, ever changing, identity construction pertains to the layers of experience and understanding, layers of consciousness or lack thereof and time. This can be both a curse and a blessing.
My interest in using varied materials woven together, particularly that relate to culture and science, is a reference to our collective human diversity. My work stands as a necessity to recognize our collective unity and the challenge we face to overcome the human frailty of fearing “otherness” in order to maintain a sense of identity.
There are references to science and nature, particularly of varied systems of belief or constructs of understanding. The layering is reminiscent of the formation of sedimentary rock and geodes, as they are also born of time and experience. The question continues to remain...who are we?
The idea that all matter is an illusion, that everything is energy derived from vibrations in universal fields is also connected to this. Visually I construct a reflection of experience that is both seemingly solid and illusory. The work is wounded and scarred with stitched thread and patched up paper with marks, color and imagery that pertain to our contextual space in time.
Encaustic is my primary medium, a paint made from a mixture of pigment, beeswax and resin, fused by heat after application. Included within the layers of my work are any one or combination of media including collage, drawing, painting, and print-making. I use watercolor, ink, oil, and at times textiles, thread, enamel, glass and flower petals.