As I have been working in solitude in my studio over the past year, I have had a lot of
time to reflect on the events in our nation and the world. Most of this has been unsettling
at best, enraging and dispiriting at worst. It has been taking a lot more effort and energy
to stay focused on my work in the studio. I have been finding it increasingly difficult to
stay centered and hopeful in the midst of all the recent social and political upheaval. As I
worked on these monoprints, I began to have a conversation with myself about how to
manage all of this. How do I stay centered and present during a time in which so much
of the news provokes personal stress and anxiety? Or when it appears that the ideals of
our democracy are under attack? How do we stay engaged in a world that seems to be
falling apart and still have peace of mind? How do I keep a sense of faith in the goodwill
of humanity when minorities, immigrants, women, and the poor are under constant
attack by the government? How do I hold on to hope when our freedom and rights are
threatened, and we are pitted against each other by politicians and the media?
The 12 mixed-media monoprints in this exhibition are a result of my wrestling with these
questions in my studio practice during this time of national and international social,
political, and religious turmoil and upheaval. They are a visual diary or conversation
about spirituality and mental well-being.
Mixed media monoprints with collage, maculature, pochoir, and alcohol gel transfers.