North Carolina Poetry Society member and esteemed poet, Janice Moore Fuller, hosted a workshop where she had scattered random articles of clothing around a room. She asked each participant to put something on and write.
Sitting in the corner, I fidgeted with a bridal veil, unable to make it stay fixed in place. I remember laughing and writing, "My head’s too big for this." From that first line, I wrote a short poem called, "Guadalupe."
Later, I took another bridal veil, dipped it into a vat of blue dye, stiched wine-colored lace onto the bottom and hand cut “Guadalupe” out of construction paper, attaching my poem to the lace.
"Guadalupe" now floats inside a 3' X 4' box frame. Please contact me if you’re interested in adding her to your art collection.
“In Celebration of my Typewriter” is an assemblage inspired by the poetry of Anne Sexton. It combines a vintage typewriter, silk flowers, butterflies, a rocks glass of resin, and my poem, typed onto muslin. As I created this, I was reconciling a conflict, healing a broken part of me. Later, I realized that this piece was also a springboard for Chapters 32- 33 and 35-36 of my novel, A Thousand Howls in Silver Air.
To bring “Typewriter” to fruition, and then to show and sell it, I relied on the generosity of other lovely people. I wish to thank: the owners of Gold Dragon Gallery and the kind patron who purchased my work, my colleagues in the Science Department of Tampa Bay Technical Magnet High School (1996-2002), the good people at the flea market on Hillsborough Avenue in Tampa, photographer, Jesse Miller, and especially artists and show coordinators, Colleen Gorlewski and Melissa Fair.
I am a devotee of Nathaniel Hawthorne. His story, “Rappaccini’s Daughter” is like many tragedies where the heroine dies, but it is the slow poison of this story that is particularly haunting.
I also love sea horses. I love watching them move with exquisite grace. I love that their mating sounds like music, and the males gestate the eggs. Sea horses are threatened with extinction, another slow, desperate death.
I combined Hawthorne’s short story with these beautiful creatures in a collage titled, “Beatrice’s Blanket.” Materials in this piece include: handmade, cotton rag paper sea horses, embroidery floss, lace, and pastel flannel. Please contact me if you are interested in adding this work to your art collection.
I wrote “Sacraments” for my niece, Hannah. During a road trip up the Northeast coast, I was inspired to make the poem into a book of eggs. I dipped nine Styrofoam eggs into abaca pulp and let them dry, creating a surface on which to write the poem. I dyed three of them red and collaged images onto these like: Tinkerbelle fighting with Saint Michael and telling secrets to Saint Francis, Alphonse Mucha’s “Lily,” a little witch, a golden dog, bats, cats, and wolves. Then I fed black construction paper through a pasta maker and formed the “linguine” into nests.
While this three-dimensional book of eggs is not for sale, I’d love to show the complete assemblage in a gallery. Please contact me if you’re interested.
“Makriva Susanna” is comprised of three 3’ X 6’ muslin curtains with Xyline-transferred and embroidered poetry. The poem was inspired by both the story of Susanna in the Old Testament and the rhythm of Leonard Cohen’s poem, “Suzanne Takes You Down.” It is a story of taking something back.
I am indebted to my colleague and fellow ‘thread enthusiast,’ Courtney Garon, for assisting in the creation of this visual piece, and to my creative partner, Benjamin Dauer, for the music that enhanced the narrative. “Makriva” was displayed at Gallery 312, Chicago as part of Columbia College’s Masters Thesis show, “Where the Voice Breaks.”
Ideally, I’d like to install her in the woods and document how nature takes her back. If you own some land or want to add “Makriva” to your art collection, please contact me.