Beverly + Sam Ross Gallery, Plough Library, Christian Brothers University Campus
Opening reception: Friday, January 18, 2019, 5:30-7:30pm
As far as I am concerned, my art practice began with the birth of my first child three days before I turned 39. This profound event – aided in no small way by IVF technology – forced me to focus and simplify both the content and the medium of my work. Before Jack, my ink-based, photographic collages were pleasingly frenetic and densely packed in such a way that allowed for a comfortable distance between me and the viewer. Afterwards, in an effort to simplify and make my work more personal and honest, I dispensed with ink altogether and began forming images from the negative space made from cutting directly into paper.
Labor charts the first day my husband and I met our fertility doctor in 2013 to present day along with the ever-evolving issues and concerns associated with raising a child and being a mother. Ex-voto collage work gives me an opportunity to process the emotionally and physically difficult IVF experience with an intentionally silly, funny response that both heals me and expresses gratitude to my physicians. Paper-cut portraits of women are similarly meant to show gratitude and uncover my profound disbelief in how long it took me – exactly 39 years – to fully understand how much I took the women in my life and their tireless work for granted (after making this work, I am still equally astonished). Pushing this idea beyond my family to the invisible labor that most women perform, my paper-cut maps imbue critical weight and mass to basins meant to imply serving bowls and wombs. And, looking to the sky, my most recent Pinwheel Galaxy work explores the chaotic, scary and ultimately loving relationship that I share with my son, Jack.