At a flea market I found a sculpture of a primitive carving of
a saint, a “santos” or “bultos”, typical
of Mexico and the southwestern United States. At the same time,
I had been thinking about the murders and disappearances of girls
and women in Ciudad Juarez. Since the santos was holding a book
in one hand, I decided to add a cascading concertina of pages
related to this horrific series of events.
A painter by training and collage-maker by nature, I have combined
traditional and digital media since being introduced to computers
in the late 1960’s when working on my doctorate at Penn
State. My work includes large scale mixed media pieces, artist
books and book-like objects that bridge between these two forms.
It embeds archetypal symbols and fragments of image and text in
multiple layers of texture and meaning. It combines the humblest
of materials, plaster, tar, wax and pigment, with the latest in
technology to evoke the past and herald the future. My art-making
is an integrated mode of inquiry that links concept and media
in an ongoing dialogue - a visible means of exploring meaning.