"And I lift my glass to the awful truth, which you can't reveal to the ears of youth, except to say
it isn't worth a dime." - from Closing Time by Leonard Cohen
Using collage, storytelling, and performance, I explore the process and pedagogy of mind-body practices and ways they allow us to connect to our experience and frame it. I work with Buddhist teachings, fabulist tradition and somatic experience as potential avenues to understanding our landscapes, including those that are difficult, deemed useless and/or internal. In the tradition of picture books, I make manuscripts, spreads and illustrations that are rooted in the value of becoming familiar with difficult feelings such as loss, fear, heartbreak and failure. I am interested in the line in the sand drawn by Leonard Cohen and curious if he was, well, wrong.
My visual Influences include Italian altarpieces from the Late Middle Ages, and works by Frida Kahlo, M. F. Husain, Philip Guston, Wang Hui-Ming, Kerry James Marshall, Kathe Kollwitz, Kara Walker, and Henri Matisse. My favorite writers include Leonard Cohen, Helen Oyeyemi, Anne Lamott, Sandra Cisneros and Pema Chödrön. I am constantly inspired by the work of Bob Dylan, by health care providers and artists I’ve worked with over the years, by memories of summer hikes in the great lakes region, and by meditation instruction I have been given by teachers of different traditions during retreats and study periods throughout the United States and abroad.