Artist statement for Action, Unification

Humans are bound by time. We are not able to truly revisit and experience the past. Nor can an individual view the past and present simultaneously. If one could see the remnants of the past fade as the present took place, how would this be composed? In response, I have created this imaginary experience with bone joints that are juxtaposed in order to capture action and unification.

This series investigates a world in which time overlaps, and bones are observed as either moving as a joint or assembling to create a single entity. It begins with bones that are moving as a unit and develops into an exploration of how the parts of a joint unite to create a whole. The first few pieces in this body experiment with light radiating from the bones. The titles of these earlier works reflect the movement as a whole. Later works use theatrical light to create a fluid stage upon which the bones can narrate. Their titles initiate contemplation on the selfless accommodation for each other as they unite to form a single joint. Supports for these paintings shift from canvases to rough wood panels with natural texture that parallels the organic bone surface.

These depictions were painted to portray life rather than following the cultural iconography that connects the deadening metaphor of bones to death. Oil color, applied in limited palettes, infers possible vitality in the referent through relation and juxtaposition of value, hue, and saturation. Joints of bones are of interest not only because they are at the physical core of our stability and mechanics but also particular compound subjects which inter-relate. This relation is not solely intimate but free and purposeful. A narrative is formed as these joints, which are incomplete, assemble and interact in a process of renewal. One bone selflessly gives way as the other advances. Their shapes are formed in order to fit and interact in a beautiful empathy. In the ideal joint, there is a true freedom for its members. The purpose of the joint is support and connection, and this freedom is bounded within that purpose. Due to this infinite uniqueness of action, a perfected communion arises between its members.

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A note about the author

is a visual artist based in Indianapolis. She is drawn to natural, organic objects and portrays them with oil on textured surfaces. Often, she presents her subject in dynamic still life with a shift of time through movement or growth-decay.