MEMORY[mem uh ree] noun
1. Illusive expressions stored within a variety of objects/containers
2. Collection of experiences, thoughts, ideas, impressions
3. Expressed through biological, physical, and mental recall.
Bees Wax, an art medium, is included in my art practice after discovering an enormous beehive behind my studio in Arroyo Grande, California. Slowly the bees vacated the seemingly lifeless beehive. Months later a new life evolved within the hive and took flight, wax moths. These moths lay eggs on the wings of bees which are carried into new hives- hence the cycle of life. Over the years as the hive lay in the backyard, bees would sometimes visit the hive. Sometimes these random bees were drawn to my studio when I melted beeswax for my encaustic artwork.
Growing up, I would hear shared memories of our Indian heritage. Collecting names, dates, stories, and DNA I was able to verify our native american legacy and also investigate another tribal heritage, Semitic. As a natural progression (much like the bees) I retraced my ancestors homeland in the still, yet intensely active, raw beauty of New Mexico, and was profoundly moved. It was when invited to Jentel Residency in Banner, Wyoming, that these experiences found an expression through drawings, sculptures, and installations.
My art practice reflects on the cycle of life and genetic memory through the lens of Kabbalah, Jewish mysticism. A particular Kabbalistic teaching that informs my work is the Hebrew Scriptures which are viewed as “Black Fire on White Fire.”
Black Fire, ink drawn symbols, relays a message on the blank white parchment. Mystically the white parchment contains an unseen unknown story and when both are understood create a complete message. We too are like the Black and White Fire, our seen and unseen self. My artwork represents this known and unknown, seen and unseen, and is tied to the cycle of life. As seemingly opposites, merged together, my art reflects images of a time, a place, space, portal, veil, threshold and memory.