There is a moment of transformation between self and projected persona. The infinitesimal gap between our perceived deepest self (or perhaps shadowed self) and the person we want others to see. This tiny pause interests and intrigues me. In order to explore this liminal space, I use theatre and archetype as a way to examine that moment of transition when the hidden self is replaced by projected persona and outward artifice.
In my work as a costume designer in theatre, I see a distinct and exaggerated shift from one persona into another persona as actors take on a role. Sometimes the transformation will occur over mere seconds when an actor, who arrives in street clothes to a costume fitting, will become a medieval king by adding a cape and crown. In this example, the storytelling nature of theatre transforms the actor into an archetype. These moments are the origins of much of my work.
From a technical aspect, the media of watercolor and colored pencil represent an ongoing dialogue between intuition and planning. My natural inclination is to control all aspects of a drawing perhaps to the detriment of the piece. The watercolor allows a moment of release from the minutiae of detail; the combination of watercolor and pencil create a sort of balance.
I was born in beautiful San Antonio, TX in 1975, and grew up in the north Dallas sprawl of Richardson, TX. I wanted to be a studio artist, really I did, but decided the real money was in theater. So while at the University of TX at Austin I changed from a BFA in studio art to a BA in Theater and Dance. In 2000 I moved to NYC. It is a hard place to live when you have no money. I decided to go back to school and got an MFA from the Yale School of Drama in costume design in 2004. I have mixed feelings about working in theater, but that is another story for another time. After graduation, with MFA in hand, I decided what I really wanted to do was be a studio artist. Now I do both. I currently live in New Haven, CT with my most awesome husband and cat. Most recently I have become a member of the Kehler Liddell Gallery in Westville, CT.
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