|Artists Statement III|
Over the past several years (1995-98) I've found myself engaged in a re-visioning of the world that required me to scan across a wide cultural landscape for information, ideas, and interrogations that affirm and inform my own feminist, social, political and psychic agendas. I have always believed that art and life are inseparable and that art could be about more than itself--in fact had to be in order to survive in any meaningful sense.
n a society that is increasingly dependent upon the link between cognition and seeing through amazing new imaging tecnologies, I want to create images that trouble, resist, disturb and offer provisional visions of love, hope, and well-being. The world has changed and we are all transformed by these new tecnical visualizations like computerized simulations, video, miraculous new medical imaging devices, LAND SAT photos, satellite weather maps, galaxy simulations, micro-cinematography, and many more. We must learn to embrace these new techmologies and their medical uses while questioning some of their implications.
All of this machining disembodies the lived body. And the recoding of vision derived from them suggest that visual aptitude and learning is not just an aesthetic luxury, but may be a matter of life or death--as in the reading of images by radiologists, meteorologists, and environmentalist to name a few. In visually diagnostic disciplines, manual, perceptual, and mental operations are centrally involved with revealing, structuring, and interpreting signs and symptons that cannot be written. The connection between visible surface and invisible depth becomes crucial. In order to discover and exhibit the inarticulate relationship of interior to exterior, idea to form, private pathos to public pattererns,from local events to global ramifications, heightined visual skills and new critical thinking become necessary.
Painting is constitutive of the cognitive and it requires mental and manual skill to construct. Underneath a work of art are traces of what shaped it and art allied with other sources can serve as a vibrant shaper of knowledge as well as emotional experience.