THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT, 2006 Click for enlargement

to use my body as a visual element that reflects nature, I observe my feet rooted to the earth. This is the starting point of the Yoga postures and Qi Gong movements that I practice each morning. In this artwork, from Aging Into Full Creativity, some kind of magical thinking has overtaken me at the very time that I am searching for footing, for ground. I had already created a suite of drawings examining hands when I came upon this quote:

"Every part of you has a secret language. Your hands and your feet
say what you've done."--Rumi

It's not so much the secret, but the speaking parts of our body that captivate me. At first I thought of feet as less interesting than hands and less reflective of age. But as I studied the way the skin wraps around the bones and how visible the underlying veins, tendons and connective tissue have become, I saw how full of character and personality feet are. And what visual weight they possess as they hold us to terra firma.

My footing stories are told in a body language poised between the real and the imaginary. As I play with what's below, above, beyond and in-between, I address the figure/ground relationship as composition and metaphor. Even though the work originates in a desire to find my center, it also reflects my feelings of ambiguity about the ground on which we stand, especially in a world so filled with madness and destruction.

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Down to the Bone
What Lies Beneath
Uncommon Ground
Imperfect Offering - 2006
Imperfect Offering
On Our Path - 2006
On Our Path
Crone's Feet - 2005
Crone's Feet
Coupled - 2005
Gravitas & Levitas - 2005
Gravitas & Levitas
Ingrained - 2006
Terra Incognito - 2005
Terra Incognito
Drawn Inward - 2005
Drawn Inward
Foothold - 2006
CELESTIAL RUB, 2005 Click for enlargement
Bodies of Work