I live at the intersection of fine arts and craft, where art must be touched, worn, eaten from, and snuggled under. In recent years I've worked in textiles, polymer and traditional clays, sock monkey puppets, LEGOs, gingerbread houses, and paper jewelry. My pieces often use traditional art media in unusual ways, as when I weave clay. The recurring themes in my work are faith and humor.
My love for three-dimensional art began with my first Play-Doh Fun Factory extruder, Play-Doh being a vastly underexposed medium in the fine arts. I earned my B.A. cum laude in studio art from Rhodes College.
The defining events of my adult life are marrying my indulgent husband, adopting our children, and twice surviving cancer. And twice surviving the treatment.
I think it's vital that those of us who have survived tragedy and abuse tell our stories. Suffering people are most likely to look for healing after being exposed to we who have also suffered and have moved through it. Putting our scars on display isn't a simple act; it takes stubbornness and hope. We make a difference when we state the ugly facts, then focus on what we learned by surviving and then thriving.
A story that is easy to tell is probably not worth listening to.