FE-MALE

FE-MALE

SILVER PLATED BRONZE

Size: 11"x9"x7"

"Impenetrable Beauty is a collection of work that explores the quest of inner truth within our narcissistic society.  Objects of desire rarely fulfill the illusion that they promise. As a result, repressed desires manifest themselves in the subconscious through dreams, thoughts, imagery and instincts that are both beautiful and terrifying.”

 

FE-MALE

FE-MALE

GOLD PLATED BRONZE

Size: 11"x9"x7"

"Impenetrable Beauty is a collection of work that explores the quest of inner truth within our narcissistic society.  Objects of desire rarely fulfill the illusion that they promise. As a result, repressed desires manifest themselves in the subconscious through dreams, thoughts, imagery and instincts that are both beautiful and terrifying.”

 

HOOKD

HOOKD

BRONZE

Size: 5"x20"x5"

"Impenetrable Beauty is a collection of work that explores the quest of inner truth within our narcissistic society.  Objects of desire rarely fulfill the illusion that they promise. As a result, repressed desires manifest themselves in the subconscious through dreams, thoughts, imagery and instincts that are both beautiful and terrifying.”

 

PANDORA

PANDORA

SYNTHETIC HAIR

"Impenetrable Beauty is a collection of work that explores the quest of inner truth within our narcissistic society.  Objects of desire rarely fulfill the illusion that they promise. As a result, repressed desires manifest themselves in the subconscious through dreams, thoughts, imagery and instincts that are both beautiful and terrifying.”

 

RAPUNZEL

RAPUNZEL

SYNTHETIC HAIR

"Impenetrable Beauty is a collection of work that explores the quest of inner truth within our narcissistic society.  Objects of desire rarely fulfill the illusion that they promise. As a result, repressed desires manifest themselves in the subconscious through dreams, thoughts, imagery and instincts that are both beautiful and terrifying.”

 

TAILE

TAILE

LEATHER

"Impenetrable Beauty is a collection of work that explores the quest of inner truth within our narcissistic society.  Objects of desire rarely fulfill the illusion that they promise. As a result, repressed desires manifest themselves in the subconscious through dreams, thoughts, imagery and instincts that are both beautiful and terrifying.”

 

Vice

Vice

Title: Vice

Medium: Extension chord, Electric Drill

Size: 115"x 60", 3m x 1.5m

Weaving, the interlacing of distinct elements into a complex whole, has long been considered to be a metaphor for storytelling. In my art, I explore contrasting and opposing forces working together harmoniously. Traditionally a feminine craft, weaving is juxtaposed with the masculine aspect of building architectural forms. The merging of these two forces creates a visual and symbolic interplay of harmony and tension; the masculine and feminine lines are intertwined and blurred, and objects take on a different meaning. I am fascinated by the exploration of language, myth, dreams, instincts, objects of desire, and the meaning of symbols in our culture.

Symbolism of a pierced heart, where the concept of ‘being in love’ evokes a form of suffering or even a type of death. The choice of the extension cord is also laden with significance as the electric charge or current pulsating through the power cord bears literal and metaphoric meaning to the work as a whole. Ultimately, this power can be both a creative and a destructive force.

 

 

Vice (detail)

Vice (detail)

Title: Vice (detail)

Medium: Extension chord, Electric Drill

Size: 115"x 60", 3m x 1.5m

Weaving, the interlacing of distinct elements into a complex whole, has long been considered to be a metaphor for storytelling. In my art, I explore contrasting and opposing forces working together harmoniously. Traditionally a feminine craft, weaving is juxtaposed with the masculine aspect of building architectural forms. The merging of these two forces creates a visual and symbolic interplay of harmony and tension; the masculine and feminine lines are intertwined and blurred, and objects take on a different meaning. I am fascinated by the exploration of language, myth, dreams, instincts, objects of desire, and the meaning of symbols in our culture.

Symbolism of a pierced heart, where the concept of ‘being in love’ evokes a form of suffering or even a type of death. The choice of the extension cord is also laden with significance as the electric charge or current pulsating through the power cord bears literal and metaphoric meaning to the work as a whole. Ultimately, this power can be both a creative and a destructive force.

Virtue and Vice

Virtue and Vice

Title: Virtue and Vice

Medium: Extension chord, Electric Drill

Size: 115"x 60" and 46"x 58"

Weaving, the interlacing of distinct elements into a complex whole, has long been considered to be a metaphor for storytelling. In my art, I explore contrasting and opposing forces working together harmoniously. Traditionally a feminine craft, weaving is juxtaposed with the masculine aspect of building architectural forms. The merging of these two forces creates a visual and symbolic interplay of harmony and tension; the masculine and feminine lines are intertwined and blurred, and objects take on a different meaning. I am fascinated by the exploration of language, myth, dreams, instincts, objects of desire, and the meaning of symbols in our culture.

Symbolism of a pierced heart, where the concept of ‘being in love’ evokes a form of suffering or even a type of death. The choice of the extension cord is also laden with significance as the electric charge or current pulsating through the power cord bears literal and metaphoric meaning to the work as a whole. Ultimately, this power can be both a creative and a destructive force.

Virtue

Virtue

Title: Virtue

Medium: Extension chord

Size: 46"x 58", 1m x 1.5m

Weaving, the interlacing of distinct elements into a complex whole, has long been considered to be a metaphor for storytelling. In my art, I explore contrasting and opposing forces working together harmoniously. Traditionally a feminine craft, weaving is juxtaposed with the masculine aspect of building architectural forms. The merging of these two forces creates a visual and symbolic interplay of harmony and tension; the masculine and feminine lines are intertwined and blurred, and objects take on a different meaning. I am fascinated by the exploration of language, myth, dreams, instincts, objects of desire, and the meaning of symbols in our culture.

Symbolism of a pierced heart, where the concept of ‘being in love’ evokes a form of suffering or even a type of death. The choice of the extension cord is also laden with significance as the electric charge or current pulsating through the power cord bears literal and metaphoric meaning to the work as a whole. Ultimately, this power can be both a creative and a destructive force.

The Dragon

The Dragon

Size: 4' x 8' x 2', 1.2m x 2.4m x 0.6m

Medium: Wood, Paint, Electric Drill, Extension Chord, Electrical Outlet

Weaving, the interlacing of distinct elements into a complex whole, has long been considered to be a metaphor for storytelling. In my art, I explore contrasting and opposing forces working together harmoniously. Traditionally a feminine craft, weaving is juxtaposed with the masculine aspect of building architectural forms. The merging of these two forces creates a visual and symbolic interplay of harmony and tension; the masculine and feminine lines are intertwined and blurred, and objects take on a different meaning.

The Dragon

The Dragon

Size: 4' x 8' x 2', 1.2m x 2.4m x 0.6m

Medium: Wood, Paint, Electric Drill, Extension Chord, Electrical Outlet

Weaving, the interlacing of distinct elements into a complex whole, has long been considered to be a metaphor for storytelling. In my art, I explore contrasting and opposing forces working together harmoniously. Traditionally a feminine craft, weaving is juxtaposed with the masculine aspect of building architectural forms. The merging of these two forces creates a visual and symbolic interplay of harmony and tension; the masculine and feminine lines are intertwined and blurred, and objects take on a different meaning.

The Dragon

The Dragon

Size: 4' x 8' x 2', 1.2m x 2.4m x 0.6m

Medium: Wood, Paint, Electric Drill, Extension Chord, Electrical Outlet

Weaving, the interlacing of distinct elements into a complex whole, has long been considered to be a metaphor for storytelling. In my art, I explore contrasting and opposing forces working together harmoniously. Traditionally a feminine craft, weaving is juxtaposed with the masculine aspect of building architectural forms. The merging of these two forces creates a visual and symbolic interplay of harmony and tension; the masculine and feminine lines are intertwined and blurred, and objects take on a different meaning.

GOING NOWHERE

GOING NOWHERE

Size: 72" x 84"

Medium: Electroluminescent wire

A carpet created out of electroluminescent wire, acquires a different meaning through the contrast of a contemporary medium with the traditional practice of weaving.
Exhibited in a dark room, the illuminated carpet becomes a compelling work of art as it seduces the viewer to approach; yet at the same time, through the use of unconventional materials, it brings the viewer to a halt!

GOING NOWHERE

GOING NOWHERE

A carpet created out of electroluminescent wire, acquires a different meaning through the contrast of a contemporary medium with the traditional practice of weaving. It is no longer an object to be walked on, but an art object to behold.

Exhibited in a dark hotel room, the illuminated carpet becomes a compelling work of art as it seduces the viewer to approach; yet at the same time, through the use of unconventional materials, it brings the viewer to a halt!

GOING NOWHERE

GOING NOWHERE

Size: 72" x 84"

Medium: Electroluminescent wire

A carpet created out of electroluminescent wire, acquires a different meaning through the contrast of a contemporary medium with the traditional practice of weaving.
Exhibited in a dark room, the illuminated carpet becomes a compelling work of art as it seduces the viewer to approach; yet at the same time, through the use of unconventional materials, it brings the viewer to a halt!

TAILE

TAILE

Title: Taile

Medium: Electro Luminescent Wire, 500meters 

Size: 1m x 4m x 2m

 

TAILE - Detail

TAILE - Detail

Title: Taile

Medium: Electro Luminescent Wire, 500meters 

Size: 1m x 4m x 2m

 

TAILE - Detail

TAILE - Detail

Title: Taile

Medium: Electro Luminescent Wire, 500meters 

Size: 1m x 4m x 2m

 

Tailes

Tailes

Title: Tailes

Medium: Electro Luminescent Wire, 500meters in each

Size: 1m x 4m x 2m

photo courtesy of Ben Roffelsen

 

Tailes - detail

Tailes - detail

Title: Tailes

Medium: Electro Luminescent Wire, 500meters in each

Size: 1m x 4m x 2m

Tailes

Tailes

Title: Tailes

Medium: Electro Luminescent Wire, 500meters in each

Size: 1m x 4m x 2m

Tailes

Tailes

Title: Tailes

Medium: Electro Luminescent Wire, 500meters in each

Size: 1m x 4m x 2m

Tailes

Tailes

Title: Tailes

Medium: Electro Luminescent Wire, 500meters in each

Size: 1m x 4m x 2m

Chiaroscuro - A Calligraphic Journey between light and dark

Chiaroscuro - A Calligraphic Journey between light and dark

Title: The Possibilities are Endless

Horizontal Quote: "Oh what a tangled web we weave when we first practise to deceive!" - Sir Walter Scott

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas Strips

Size: 64"x64"

Chiaroscuro is an Italian artistic term that describes the dramatic effect of contrasting areas of light and dark in pictorial representation. The term comes from the combination of the Italian words for light (chiaro) and dark (scuro). I use the term Chiaroscuro as a metaphor to symbolize the beauty and the subversive power of the human mind.  Life is never black or white but rather somewhere in between with a multitude of potential meanings and interpretations. I am fascinated by the “in between” and the variations in meaning that arise from contrasts. This, to me, is Chiaroscuro.  Using calligraphy, this collection of works explores the beauty and simplicity of script while making an ironic commentary on romanticized ideals. With a sense that language is mutable, I take famous texts out of context and contrast them by weaving them with another idea in order to appropriate, re-contextualize, re-invent and question their original meaning. The fluid and graceful characters of opposing texts are partially revealed and then concealed beneath the woven canvas, as if shimmering and floating. This approach is a reflection of my meditative and thoughtful process of alternating confirmation and disavowal. Binary opposites such as light/dark, revelation/secrecy,words/silence, horizontal/vertical, and feeling/thinking provide rich possibilities that allow me to examine the fluidity of meaning between language and thought. 

Chiaroscuro - A Calligraphic Journey between light and dark

Chiaroscuro - A Calligraphic Journey between light and dark

Title: The Possibilities are Endless (detail)

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas strips

Size: 64'x64'

Chiaroscuro is an Italian artistic term that describes the dramatic effect of contrasting areas of light and dark in pictorial representation. The term comes from the combination of the Italian words for light (chiaro) and dark (scuro). I use the term Chiaroscuro as a metaphor to symbolize the beauty and the subversive power of the human mind.  Life is never black or white but rather somewhere in between with a multitude of potential meanings and interpretations. I am fascinated by the “in between” and the variations in meaning that arise from contrasts. This, to me, is Chiaroscuro.  Using calligraphy, this collection of works explores the beauty and simplicity of script while making an ironic commentary on romanticized ideals. With a sense that language is mutable, I take famous texts out of context and contrast them by weaving them with another idea in order to appropriate, re-contextualize, re-invent and question their original meaning. The fluid and graceful characters of opposing texts are partially revealed and then concealed beneath the woven canvas, as if shimmering and floating. This approach is a reflection of my meditative and thoughtful process of alternating confirmation and disavowal. Binary opposites such as light/dark, revelation/secrecy,words/silence, horizontal/vertical, and feeling/thinking provide rich possibilities that allow me to examine the fluidity of meaning between language and thought. 

Chiaroscuro - A Calligraphic Journey between light and dark

Chiaroscuro - A Calligraphic Journey between light and dark

Title: Mirror, Mirror

       - on the wall who is the fairest of them all?

       Horizontal Quote: "I think, therefore I am!" - Descartes

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas strips

Size: 42"x58"

Chiaroscuro is an Italian artistic term that describes the dramatic effect of contrasting areas of light and dark in pictorial representation. The term comes from the combination of the Italian words for light (chiaro) and dark (scuro). I use the term Chiaroscuro as a metaphor to symbolize the beauty and the subversive power of the human mind.  Life is never black or white but rather somewhere in between with a multitude of potential meanings and interpretations. I am fascinated by the “in between” and the variations in meaning that arise from contrasts. This, to me, is Chiaroscuro.  Using calligraphy, this collection of works explores the beauty and simplicity of script while making an ironic commentary on romanticized ideals. With a sense that language is mutable, I take famous texts out of context and contrast them by weaving them with another idea in order to appropriate, re-contextualize, re-invent and question their original meaning. The fluid and graceful characters of opposing texts are partially revealed and then concealed beneath the woven canvas, as if shimmering and floating. This approach is a reflection of my meditative and thoughtful process of alternating confirmation and disavowal. Binary opposites such as light/dark, revelation/secrecy,words/silence, horizontal/vertical, and feeling/thinking provide rich possibilities that allow me to examine the fluidity of meaning between language and thought. 

Chiaroscuro - A Calligraphic Journey between light and dark

Chiaroscuro - A Calligraphic Journey between light and dark

Title: Mirror, Mirror (detail)

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas strips

Size: 58"x42"

Chiaroscuro is an Italian artistic term that describes the dramatic effect of contrasting areas of light and dark in pictorial representation. The term comes from the combination of the Italian words for light (chiaro) and dark (scuro). I use the term Chiaroscuro as a metaphor to symbolize the beauty and the subversive power of the human mind.  Life is never black or white but rather somewhere in between with a multitude of potential meanings and interpretations. I am fascinated by the “in between” and the variations in meaning that arise from contrasts. This, to me, is Chiaroscuro.  Using calligraphy, this collection of works explores the beauty and simplicity of script while making an ironic commentary on romanticized ideals. With a sense that language is mutable, I take famous texts out of context and contrast them by weaving them with another idea in order to appropriate, re-contextualize, re-invent and question their original meaning. The fluid and graceful characters of opposing texts are partially revealed and then concealed beneath the woven canvas, as if shimmering and floating. This approach is a reflection of my meditative and thoughtful process of alternating confirmation and disavowal. Binary opposites such as light/dark, revelation/secrecy,words/silence, horizontal/vertical, and feeling/thinking provide rich possibilities that allow me to examine the fluidity of meaning between language and thought. 

Chiaroscuro - A Calligraphic Journey between light and dark

Chiaroscuro - A Calligraphic Journey between light and dark

Title: I Love You

Horizontal Quote: "If only I could throw away the urge to trace my patterns on your heart, I could really see you." - Zen Quote

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas strips

Size: 58"x54"

Chiaroscuro is an Italian artistic term that describes the dramatic effect of contrasting areas of light and dark in pictorial representation. The term comes from the combination of the Italian words for light (chiaro) and dark (scuro). I use the term Chiaroscuro as a metaphor to symbolize the beauty and the subversive power of the human mind.  Life is never black or white but rather somewhere in between with a multitude of potential meanings and interpretations. I am fascinated by the “in between” and the variations in meaning that arise from contrasts. This, to me, is Chiaroscuro.  Using calligraphy, this collection of works explores the beauty and simplicity of script while making an ironic commentary on romanticized ideals. With a sense that language is mutable, I take famous texts out of context and contrast them by weaving them with another idea in order to appropriate, re-contextualize, re-invent and question their original meaning. The fluid and graceful characters of opposing texts are partially revealed and then concealed beneath the woven canvas, as if shimmering and floating. This approach is a reflection of my meditative and thoughtful process of alternating confirmation and disavowal. Binary opposites such as light/dark, revelation/secrecy,words/silence, horizontal/vertical, and feeling/thinking provide rich possibilities that allow me to examine the fluidity of meaning between language and thought. 

Chiaroscuro - A Calligraphic Journey between light and dark

Chiaroscuro - A Calligraphic Journey between light and dark

Title: I Love You (detail)

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas strips

Size: 58"x54"

Chiaroscuro is an Italian artistic term that describes the dramatic effect of contrasting areas of light and dark in pictorial representation. The term comes from the combination of the Italian words for light (chiaro) and dark (scuro). I use the term Chiaroscuro as a metaphor to symbolize the beauty and the subversive power of the human mind.  Life is never black or white but rather somewhere in between with a multitude of potential meanings and interpretations. I am fascinated by the “in between” and the variations in meaning that arise from contrasts. This, to me, is Chiaroscuro.  Using calligraphy, this collection of works explores the beauty and simplicity of script while making an ironic commentary on romanticized ideals. With a sense that language is mutable, I take famous texts out of context and contrast them by weaving them with another idea in order to appropriate, re-contextualize, re-invent and question their original meaning. The fluid and graceful characters of opposing texts are partially revealed and then concealed beneath the woven canvas, as if shimmering and floating. This approach is a reflection of my meditative and thoughtful process of alternating confirmation and disavowal. Binary opposites such as light/dark, revelation/secrecy,words/silence, horizontal/vertical, and feeling/thinking provide rich possibilities that allow me to examine the fluidity of meaning between language and thought. 

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Chiaroscuro

Chiaroscuro - A Calligraphic Journey between light and dark

Chiaroscuro - A Calligraphic Journey between light and dark

Title: Love is Blind (detail)

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas strips

Size: 64"x58"

Chiaroscuro is an Italian artistic term that describes the dramatic effect of contrasting areas of light and dark in pictorial representation. The term comes from the combination of the Italian words for light (chiaro) and dark (scuro). I use the term Chiaroscuro as a metaphor to symbolize the beauty and the subversive power of the human mind.  Life is never black or white but rather somewhere in between with a multitude of potential meanings and interpretations. I am fascinated by the “in between” and the variations in meaning that arise from contrasts. This, to me, is Chiaroscuro.  Using calligraphy, this collection of works explores the beauty and simplicity of script while making an ironic commentary on romanticized ideals. With a sense that language is mutable, I take famous texts out of context and contrast them by weaving them with another idea in order to appropriate, re-contextualize, re-invent and question their original meaning. The fluid and graceful characters of opposing texts are partially revealed and then concealed beneath the woven canvas, as if shimmering and floating. This approach is a reflection of my meditative and thoughtful process of alternating confirmation and disavowal. Binary opposites such as light/dark, revelation/secrecy,words/silence, horizontal/vertical, and feeling/thinking provide rich possibilities that allow me to examine the fluidity of meaning between language and thought. 

Chiaroscuro - A Calligraphic Journey between light and dark

Chiaroscuro - A Calligraphic Journey between light and dark

Title: Set Sail

Horizontal Quote: "He only dreamed of places now and of the lions on the beach" - Hemingway

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas Strips

Size: 42"x48"

Chiaroscuro is an Italian artistic term that describes the dramatic effect of contrasting areas of light and dark in pictorial representation. The term comes from the combination of the Italian words for light (chiaro) and dark (scuro). I use the term Chiaroscuro as a metaphor to symbolize the beauty and the subversive power of the human mind.  Life is never black or white but rather somewhere in between with a multitude of potential meanings and interpretations. I am fascinated by the “in between” and the variations in meaning that arise from contrasts. This, to me, is Chiaroscuro.  Using calligraphy, this collection of works explores the beauty and simplicity of script while making an ironic commentary on romanticized ideals. With a sense that language is mutable, I take famous texts out of context and contrast them by weaving them with another idea in order to appropriate, re-contextualize, re-invent and question their original meaning. The fluid and graceful characters of opposing texts are partially revealed and then concealed beneath the woven canvas, as if shimmering and floating. This approach is a reflection of my meditative and thoughtful process of alternating confirmation and disavowal. Binary opposites such as light/dark, revelation/secrecy,words/silence, horizontal/vertical, and feeling/thinking provide rich possibilities that allow me to examine the fluidity of meaning between language and thought. 

 Chiaroscuro - A Calligraphic Journey between Light and Dark

Chiaroscuro - A Calligraphic Journey between Light and Dark

Title: Mother

     Horizontal quote: "The sweetest kiss I ever got is the one e've never             tasted". - Rodrigues

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas Strips

Size: 52"x46"

Chiaroscuro is an Italian artistic term that describes the dramatic effect of contrasting areas of light and dark in pictorial representation. The term comes from the combination of the Italian words for light (chiaro) and dark (scuro). I use the term Chiaroscuro as a metaphor to symbolize the beauty and the subversive power of the human mind.  Life is never black or white but rather somewhere in between with a multitude of potential meanings and interpretations. I am fascinated by the “in between” and the variations in meaning that arise from contrasts. This, to me, is Chiaroscuro.  Using calligraphy, this collection of works explores the beauty and simplicity of script while making an ironic commentary on romanticized ideals. With a sense that language is mutable, I take famous texts out of context and contrast them by weaving them with another idea in order to appropriate, re-contextualize, re-invent and question their original meaning. The fluid and graceful characters of opposing texts are partially revealed and then concealed beneath the woven canvas, as if shimmering and floating. This approach is a reflection of my meditative and thoughtful process of alternating confirmation and disavowal. Binary opposites such as light/dark, revelation/secrecy,words/silence, horizontal/vertical, and feeling/thinking provide rich possibilities that allow me to examine the fluidity of meaning between language and thought. 

Chiaroscuro - A Calligraphic Journey between light and dark

Chiaroscuro - A Calligraphic Journey between light and dark

Title: The Name

Medium:  Acrylic on Canvas strips

Size:  63" x 64"

Horizontal Text: "What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other word, would smell as sweet?" - William Shakespeare

Vertical Text: "Chanel"

Chiaroscuro is an Italian artistic term that describes the dramatic effect of contrasting areas of light and dark in pictorial representation. The term comes from the combination of the Italian words for light (chiaro) and dark (scuro). I use the term Chiaroscuro as a metaphor to symbolize the beauty and the subversive power of the human mind.  Life is never black or white but rather somewhere in between with a multitude of potential meanings and interpretations. I am fascinated by the “in between” and the variations in meaning that arise from contrasts. This, to me, is Chiaroscuro.  Using calligraphy, this collection of works explores the beauty and simplicity of script while making an ironic commentary on romanticized ideals. With a sense that language is mutable, I take famous texts out of context and contrast them by weaving them with another idea in order to appropriate, re-contextualize, re-invent and question their original meaning. The fluid and graceful characters of opposing texts are partially revealed and then concealed beneath the woven canvas, as if shimmering and floating. This approach is a reflection of my meditative and thoughtful process of alternating confirmation and disavowal. Binary opposites such as light/dark, revelation/secrecy,words/silence, horizontal/vertical, and feeling/thinking provide rich possibilities that allow me to examine the fluidity of meaning between language and thought.