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ARTIST STATEMENT

My art explores the notion of memory and play, drawing inspiration from collected objects and the Maine landscape.  My work invites the child in each of us to explore environments that often incorporate sound, scent, and performance.  I embrace collaborations with my creative peers broadening the scope of medium. My process cultivates community through partnerships with local schools and organizations.

My work is materially based and inspired. I challenge myself to transform any material, whether natural or manmade, into a textile. In my studio I am particularly fond of my collections of family heirloom lace, antique gloves, hand-knit mittens with 6 fingers, hand-sewn stuffed animals, manuscript letters, and have a passion for anything fabricated with love; history laden objects. I use processes of a repetitive nature; joining objects together one by one, reassembling, repairing, and preserving a human trace piece by piece. I work on several projects at once, some based in my studio, some in my garage and some in my diningroom.  As an artist-mother-wife, time is so compartmentalized and I have to be smart to weave my art into my everyday life. I’ve learned that a woman’s life is but fragments of stolen time.

My large scale projects are rich in material, labor intensive, and playful, but they demand serious manpower. Cultivating genuine communication through collaboration, I recruit numerous volunteers to help construct my works of art, teaching each person the necessary skills and working alongside my team as we build art and relationships. I believe there is a strong community that is born through this mode of working.  Based in Maine, I now draw my workforce from the increasing population of asylum-seekers, workers with disabilities, and local schools, with an ulterior motive: blending our population. Having lived abroad for 23 years, I understand how it feels to be an outsider and the importance of fostering community.

My most recent work focuses on the impact of digital technology on our creative experiences.  Technology erases certain everyday sensual pleasures from our lives. Manual tasks slowly disappear and communication evaporates into cell phones. Work tips the scale and play is left behind.  My work aims to even the scales.  Art acts as an elixir that transports us to a child-like state of mind, awakening our curiosity through our senses and encouraging play.

Play is the base of creativity, but that does not exclude the notion of seriousness. Play can be mature, accompanied by strict rules.   Audiences and artists need to play, create, and share mutual experiences in order to keep one’s art and vision young.  I cultivate curiosity through a material’s transformation, which leads to unconventional forms, always considering the sensual experience and infusing a sense of play.

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BIO

Born in 1961 in Pennsylvania, I am a Franco-American artist, presently living and working in Portland, Maine, with my husband and son. We share our time between the French Loire valley and Maine and travel between these two havens.

Textile and installation artist, I received my bachelor’s degree from UVM and Villa Arson, France. Working in New York as a set designer and art director, I continued exhibiting abroad as fine artist. Motherhood brought me to Europe where I lived for 23 years, where I received my MFA from the Ecole Supérieure d’Art d’ Aix and studied choreography and education at IUFM Blois.

Priviledging play is born from years of professional experiences related to children’s projects   including : a traveling multi-sensory museum, blind children center, children’s museum, toy companies, children’s films and teaching.  Presently I teach contemporary art to University students, each who is paired with an elder with Dementia.  I realize how childlike both these populations are and how vital playful stimulation is to their well-being. This passionate work has inspired a new large-scale project dealing with connecting memories through play.

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CV

 EDUCATION

Ecole Supérieure d’Art d’ Aix en Provence, France 2011 DNSEP-Masters

Danse à l’Ecole- choreography, Blois, France 2007-2012

Certified by the French National Education 1998-2012

Vermont Studio Center & Johnson State, completed 1 year – master’s program -1995-1996

Art Student’s League, New York City – 1985–1989

Parsons School of Design, New York City -1986

Ecole Nationale d’Art Décoratif- Villa Arson, Nice France 1983–1984

School of Visual Arts -1984

University of Vermont, 1984 BFA & BA

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2015   Circus Conservatory of America “Garden of Circus Delights” , Portland, Maine

2014   Circus Conservatory of America

2012   Ecole de Beaux Arts, Tours France

2011   Ecole Supérieure d’Art d’Aix en Provence, France

2009   Chapelle Saint Jacques, Vendôme, France

2009   Espace Jacques Thyraud, Romorantin, France

2008   Maison du Loir et Cher, Blois, France

2007   Musée de l’Ex-Prévôté, Saint Aignan, France

2006   Chapelle des Pénitents, Aniane, France

2006   La Bouchery, Pontlevoy, France

2005   Château de Clapiers, France

2004   Waters Gallery, New York City

2004   Sam Shaw Gallery, Florida/Maine

2003   Galerie du C.D.D.P de l’Hérault, Montpellier, France

2003   Concours Atout Fil, Vauvert, France Lauréate

2003   Musée National de Tirana, Albania

2003   Skendi Galeri, Tirana, Albania

2002   Watchung Art Center, New Jersey

1995   Galerie Mercuri, Paris, France

1995   Ambassade d’Italie, Boston, Mass.

1994   Jamison Thomas Gallery, New York City

1991   Weisner Gallery, NYC

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS (selection)

2012   La Grange, Région Centre, France

2012   Castel Joie et Vie, Châteauvieux, France

2011   Chapelle Saint Jacques, “Guest of Honor” Vendôme ,France

2011   CarpeDiem, Montpeyroux, France

2011   Castel Vie et Joie, Châteauvieux, France

2010   Weaving Barn, Maine

2010   La Bouchery, Pontlevoy, France

2009   “New Page Project” Turning Pages, Maine

2009   Castel Vie et Joie, Châteauvieux

2008   Chapelle Sainte Anne, Tours, France

2008   Castel Vie et Joie, Châteauvieux, France

2007   Musée de l’Ex Prévôté, Saint Aignan, France

2007   Couleurs en Val de Loire, Chaumont sur Loire, France

2007   Castel Vie et Joie, Châteauvieux, France

2006   Ouchamps Salon d’Art Régionaux, France

2005   LandEscapes, Maine

2004   Acadia Symposium of the Arts, Acadia, Maine

2004   College of the Atlantic, Mount Desert Island, Maine

2004   Prince Street Gallery, NYC

2004   Atoutfil, Onet Le Château, Rodez, France

2004   Atoutfil, Espace Languedoc-Roussillon Hôtel de Région, France

2004   Dialogue d’Artistes, Clapiers, France

2004   SAMI Perpignan, mini-format, France

2003   Musée de L’Oeuf, Soyans, France

2003   Salon d’Art contemporain Artenimes, Nimes, France

2002   Musée International de L’Oeuf, France

2002   Centre Culturel Robert Gourdon, Vauvert

2002   Maison de l’Artisanat et Métiers d’Art, Marseille, France

2002   Galerie Chai Terral, Montpellier, France

2000   Visual Arts League, Mail Art, Lincoln Center , New York City

2001   “911” Travelling Exhibition – New England Universities

2001   Sam Shaw Gallery, Northeast Harbor, Maine

1999   Visual Arts League, Mail Art, University of Medicine, N.J.

1998   June Fitzpatrick Gallery, Portland, Maine

1998   Fourteenth Street Painters, “Group Show”, New York City

1996   Fourteenth Street Painters, “Group Show”, New York City

1996   Provincetown Museum, Provinceton, Mass.

1995   Fourteenth Street Painters, “Group Show”, New York City

1995   Lipanjepuntin, Arte Contemporanea, Trieste, Italy

1994   Fourteenth Street Painters, “Group Show”, New York City

1992   Jamison Thomas Gallery, New York City

 

AWARDS

2015 Grant recipient: Maine Visual Artist Fellow 2015-2016 : Maine Arts Commission

2015 Grant recipient: Peaks Island Fund/Peaks Creative Coalition: community project

2012 Laureate: Center of France : Teaching Artist 2012: Enfancillages

2012 Grant recipient: Enfancillages – Conseil Régional du Centre: Social innovation

2011 Grant recipient: Enfancillages – Conseil Général: Promoting art in rural France

2011 Camac Residency, France

2006 Grant recipient: Châteauvieux project: Cultural Action in Rural France

2003 Lauréate ATOUT FIL, www.atoutfil.com

 

 

 

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