I have been inspired by the pattern and decoration movement of the 1970's, in particular the work of Miriam Schapiro and Robert Kushner. I have always had an affinity towards pattern and texture and revel in the mark-making connected to it.
I was exploring quilting patterns, using found materials and a variety of papers to create the textured backgrounds of my paintings upon which I created landscapes based on photos I have taken. The quilting approach signified my interest in "women's work" as well as hinted at the comforting elements associated with blankets. This also makes reference to my rural childhood where every room had a quilt and the notion of reusing materials: wasting not, wanting not--was prevalent.
I have recently taken a break from the paintings on quilt-like surfaces and begun to draw again. The landscapes however are still devoid of humans and reflect on themes within nature; dormancy, regrowth and conservation. There are more varied tree lines and include more man-made aspects such as telephone poles, fence-lines and roads to reflect how society is infringing upon the environment.
I liked pairing the notion of tree/nature content, with that of the wooden textures found in the lath. The history of the lath, once functioning as walls, as shelter, parallels the protective function of the quilts. The immediacy of drawing on plaster/drywall mud, with graphite or chalks led to more experiments with acrylic media with the aim of creating a less porous, less delicate surface.