Washes: Rivers and Lakes

In June 2015, I attended a studio-intensive at St. Catherine University called The Women's Art Institute (WAI). Approaching this month-long course as a place to expand my painting technique, I focused on the intentionality of my materials. I was painting about the Mississippi River and other shorelines when I realized that I could be painting with the elements of the river itself. At Hidden Falls in Saint Paul, I collected Mississippi River water for the first time and carried it onto campus in two five-gallon buckets. During the intensive, I created seven large, water-washed compositions and allowed the water and paints to flow over my canvas like the river's current. Layering thin colors, I worked to portray the rhythm and reflection of water. After completing WAI, I have continued to explore this particular painting technique with collected water from Grindstone Lake, MN and Lake Minnetonka, MN.


Homebody

homebody:  a person whose interests center around the home

In July 2015, amidst the creation of gallery three (see about page for more details), I began a series of paintings in my driveway using latex paints and sheets of 8' plywood and faucet water which are the materials of my home. The intense physical demand of working at such a large scale along with the reclaiming of my garage for a creative space, deeply affected me. While pouring and lifting, I meditated on the meaning of "home" as two separate, physical vessels: my house and my body. Both are places of shelter. Both hide private experiences while existing in public spaces. Both can be manipulated. I did not want to be restricted by either. The aesthetics of my "homes" constantly intertwine, overlap and pull away. Together, my body and my home become my Homebody: a vessel of truth.