Umbilicus is a conceptual response to my life as the mother of nine children. The spherical form is an element I have referenced in my work throughout my career. It represents the womb, the original home of every living being. Whereas motherhood is a bit of a gamble in terms of predictable outcome, my work gives me a sense of control, or at least the illusion of it.
Umbilicus: The Lumen Prints
These images are a continuation of Umbilicus. There is a sense of biology in this work, with graphic elements intersecting organic forms. It alludes to the pull from the outside world - the man-made world, where straight lines exist. These all began as lumen prints. They have been scanned and some remain unaltered, others have graphic elements and artifacts added. All images were born in the sun.
Dames of Anatomy
The Images in Dames of Anatomy address the universal aspects of the female experience. Antique glass negatives of women are scanned and combined with medical slides, obscure ephemera and selected images of my own. Although the women are nameless and forgotten, they speak a powerful language, each one initiating a quiet dialogue with the viewer.
Laura's Garden: The Botanical Plates
As a collector of antique medical and botanical books, I am captivated by the graphic and informative book plates. They are meticulous, colorful, intricate and lovely. These plates are my way of connecting my experience -the female experience - to the landscape, a theme that runs throughout much of my work.