Artist Statement

I see my art practice as an investigative tool, as a way to engage in dialogue, a platform for thinking and a means to develop knowledge. My work has evolved from figurative and symbolic explorations in painting to a variety of modes that include drawing, video, performance, installation and public intervention projects. Therefore, the emphasis of my work does not lie in the medium, but in creating a space to explore social contexts and collective narratives. History, film, soap-operas, fairy-tales and mythology all inform my work in that they are both narrative modes that I use as well as sites of investigation. I look for the narratives inscribed in various objects and places and find ways to add to them and at times subvert them. Because I live in the Virgin Islands, a place that has changed colonial hands seven times, the longest being Denmark and the last being the United States, I am particularly interested in the colonial and neocolonial narrative and how it shapes identity, memory and reality. (return to website)

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Artist Studio: Preparing to Move (what to do with old unfinished work?)





A few years ago I decided I wanted to have an artist studio away from the house, a separate space to work, away from distractions of home life ie, kids, husband, tv, etc. It led me on this amazing and unexpected journey which I have been documenting here: www.thehousethatfreedombuilt.com.
However as this part of the journey comes to a close, the space is almost finished and I am beginning to unpack my art supplies and artwork as I prepare to move. It is a very strange feeling unpacking loads of unfinished drawings and paintings, some of which I don't even remember creating. Do I toss them? (blasphemy!), try to finish them? (unlikely), gesso/paint over them and start anew ? (appealing) or just leave them, leave them as records of my artist journey. What are your thoughts on what to do with old unfinished work?

Here are some pictures. I believe they were created between 1998-2002. Some in NY, some in Cuba and some in St. Croix.