ArchiveD Moments: Mom as Muse

Years ago I made the decision to use the sketchbook as a record to collect moments and encounters and observations during a period when life became very still and very slow. That is how I experienced time during the caregiving years and that stillness and slowness transformed my artwork. It transformed the scale of the images and they became more intimate and thoughtful. It also transformed the subject matter from one about a relationship to spaces, and how we engage with the landscape and inhabit the city, to how we engage in our relationship with others. The images became all about the figure and as traditional and predictable as figurative images can be, they remain for me a territory that offers endless exploration of a mystery that is contained and revealed within the other. 

"Instructions for living a life:
Pay attention.
Be astonished.
Tell about it."

From "Sometimes" by Mary Oliver