Altar: Mother Mary was made from a a plaster Saint, a sewing machine drawer, a fragment of molding, and a rusted planter box which I salvaged from what was left of a craft supply store in Waveland. Two candles fit on either side of the figure. 11" x 17" x6". Wall piece or freestanding.
Fate of the Coast is a new favorite. The backdrop for this piece is a very large silver platter which was recently given me by my friendNancy, who lost her home in Pass Christian. She held on to her salvaged silver for 17 months, and finally decided to give it to me. This kind of thing has happened many times, and it never fails to touch my heart. The fact that people can give up things which meant so much to them so that they can be reincarnated into something beautiful again is, to me, a testament to the resilience of the human spirit. The platter is mounted into a fragment of furniture-a base of some kind. Standing in front of the silver is a gorgeous old scale which comes from post-Katrina New Orleans. More fine silver in the form of goblets and a cylinder complete the piece. 22" x24" x 8" freestanding.
Caribbean is an involved piece whose color scheme was inspired by a chance meeting about 4 years ago. A woman came in to the gallery with a purse in these colors, and they have stayed on my mind. Underneath all that acrylic paint is a cupboard door, two halves of a furniture leg, three brass knobs, a displaced carved wooden head, a metal bowl, and two more wooden furniture fragments. 20" x 38"
Liberty is created around a replica of the Statue of Liberty, which I saw for the first time a couple of months ago. It is mounted inside a shadowbox with a gilt frame added on top. Behind Liberty is a curved piece of glass with a metal grid, and a fragment of one of my paintings. 12" x 15" x 7" deep. Free Standing.
House of Katrina is very much about the serendipitous joining of unrelated objects to form a piece that has a strong visual impact. Its elements include a lopsided disc of plywood; handmade paper; acrylic paint; parts of a wooden chair; hand painted paper and fabric; an old knife and fossilized ammonite. On another level it points to the special difficulties faced by the Asian communities in the aftermath of the storm. As difficult as it was for us to cope with the scarcity of information immediately after the storm, it must have been much worse for people who did not speak English. 21" x 22"
Mexican Copper incorporates a copper pan which I purchased in Mexico many years ago. Katrina flattened it for me, and left it in my backyard for me to find. It is paired with a ceramic lid to a lost pot, a shredded piece of plywood, a placemat, and a boogie board. 19" x 37"
Treasures is made from a beautiful, chubby porcelain doll leg given to me by my friend Kevin Fitzpatrick. The leg is mounted on a framed mirror and accompanied by a ceramic wing. The round element is a piece of woven plant material, and the support for the piece is a cabinet door.
Lost in the Woods is about the human tragedy of Hurricane Katrina. We have all been broken and traumatized by the storm, and the lives which we once knew, symbolized by the flowers, gloves and beads, have been changed forever. The piece is comprised of a porcelain doll, silk flowers, mardi gras beads, beaded glove, fan blade and a recovered painting. 20" x 24"