When I was 19, I saw Alberto Giacometti’s work for the first time at the Art Institute of Chicago. He stopped me dead in my tracks – and still does. I did not make a commitment to my own art practice until years later, but his work and dedication to the figure have been strong influences. He wrote, “Artistically I am still a child with a whole life ahead of me to discover and create. I want something, but I don’t know what it is until I succeed in doing it.” I also do not begin with preconceived ideas. I work by engaging with my materials and tools – as equal partners. Letting each piece find its own voice. Being comfortable with uncertainty and failure.
I stay inspired by looking at many different kinds of art, traveling whenever I can and always trying to explore new terrain – the unfamiliar. On a recent trip to Greece, I saw early Cycladic work that gave me a better understanding of abstraction and what I want to do. My glass and mixed media work is pushing me in new directions. Whenever I am not feeling inspired, I round up my usual suspects – artists I love – Giacometti, David Smith, Louise Nevelson, Eva Hesse, Bertil Vallien, Stephen deStaebler, Matisse – look at their work and get back into the studio – to find the only way inspiration really happens – by working.
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