For twenty years now, I have realized my art in drawings,
paintings, and prints and have found the exploration of the various techniques
to be rewarding. Beyond the advancement of my technical skills, I have also
been rewarded by seeing my inner thoughts and energies come to fruition in
Throughout my artistic explorations, I have consistently used the human form.
The figures have gone through several transformations. They have been literally
stated and they have been hidden in shadows. At times, they have been defined
by delicate, sensuous and linear qualities that intrigue the viewer. At other
times, the figures have taken on more ominous qualities, becoming dark, foreboding,
and mysterious forms. Within the last few years, another transformation has
occurred in my exploration of the human form. My exploration has turned to
an examination of the female form in connection to the symbol of the "cross."
The "Female and Cross" metaphor surfaced in my art in 1990. It is
a metaphor for the feminine strength and power. In order to facilitate my
exploration of the theme, I constructed an eight-foot cross to be used in
conjunction with a live model. Revealed in three dimensions, the model and
cross helped me to realize the potential for reinterpretation of a symbol
traditionally lined to a male figure.
As part of my ongoing development of this theme, I am investigating the metaphor
outside of the confines of my studio. In May of 1997 and May of 1998, I traveled
to Highland Chiapas to the city of San Cristóbal de las Casas. While
there I visited the villages of Chamula and Romerillo to view their mountain
crosses. These immense crosses are viewed to be manifestations of both god
and creator ancestors. At times they are being either or both genders. Smaller
crosses, also found in these highland Mexican communities are often dressed
in female clothing. My goal was to travel as both an artist and observer—to
explore and to try to understand the fusion of ancestor, god, man, and woman
that these crosses represent to the Maya. With the notes, drawings, and photos
from the trip consolidated and studied, I have continued to work on the cross
image with what I believe has been an even fuller sense of its potential meaning.
As the work has evolved, I have had the opportunity to expand my research
beyond the two-dimensional format. In 1998-99, I was able to expand into the
word of film via computer. Introduction and involvement of this technology
has begun to provide a viable dialogue for my images. Thus, a reshaping of
the growth is unfolding.