Tarp Series

Tarp Series: Undercurrent 2

In this series, I position my expressive textile paintings as tarps. Metaphorically, I see tarps as protective, versatile and adaptive. They embody the best attributes of textile with the potential of sculptural form and expressive gestures through painting, printing and mixed media.

The Tarp Series asks what is the role of art in our modern world ruled by technology and fraught with serious issues? What does it mean to be a maker under these circumstances where political comment, identity and narrative is the primary conversation? Is there a role for creative expression in non-narrative ways, much like the role that music performs? How can we “play” more, separating the essence of creativity from the “serious” and formal presentation of art found only in museum and gallery settings?

For me, the concept of the Tarp is a reminder to express inner light, to shelter, to fulfill the important role that inspiration provides in order to make the rest of the oughts and musts of the world happen. To remind us of our humanity and inspire compassion. And, perhaps to remind us to play, to sail, transporting us elsewhere. Being outside.

Tarp Series: Undercurrent 3
Tarp Series: Undercurrent 3
Tarp Series: Undercurrent 3, detail
Tarp Series: A Balancing Act, detail
Tarp Series: A Balancing Act
Tarp Series: Undercurrent 2
Undercurrents 4
Tarp Series: Undercurrent 4

 

Undercurrent 2
Undercurrent 2