I am an interdisciplinary, multi-media artist working in sculpture, painting, and interactive installation art. I received a BFA in painting in 1985 and went on to study sculpture and installation at the University of Texas at Austin. In 1995 I moved to San Francisco where I met a group of artists involved in creating art for Burning Man. It was after my first experience at the festival, during "Hellco" in 1996, that I decided to create a large-scale installation in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. In 1999 I received my first Burning Man honorarium to build Diana of Ephesus, a larger than life sundial/ performance piece which spurred me on to create my most influential project, the mobile and fire-breathing Draka the Dragon. It’s been through the building of large-scale works such as these that I have found meaningful and fulfilling importance in collaborating with others.
Inspired by mythology, gender politics, and pop culture, my art often addresses the problematics of being a woman in a patriarchal society. Through the use of mythic icons I attempt to create a bridge between HIStory and the present, patriarchy vs. matriarchy, and the old religions versus the new. The incorporation of the elements earth, air, fire, water, metal, and wood is integral to my work, as is the use of recycled materials. Whenever I’m not building large scale art, I occupy my time with creating small paintings consisting of gouache, ink and collage on sheet music and topo maps. I combine technical medical drawings with objects and images that tell a story that says something other than the nursery rhyme or song hidden in the background. The map pieces are a telling of my life story of moving from one US city to the next since the age of eleven. In conjunction with these pieces I am flushing out a series titled “Heart Shaped Box” in which I create clay sculptures of anatomical hearts in combination with found objects.