Isolatoes, 2008-2012

"They were nearly all Islanders in the Pequod, Isolatoes too, I call such, not acknowledging the common continent of men, but each Isolato living on a separate continent of his own. Yet now, federated along one keel..." (Herman Melville, Moby Dick).

Abstract narrative landscapes depicting various chapters from Moby Dick. These paintings were part of the Isolatoes (Moby Dick) project which also included a series of videos and a multi-media web project.

Island, 2003-2008

"For us geography is history, and it is no accident that our written memories are about fifty percent comprised of accounts of earthquakes and floods. Like mermaids' ours is a double nature: we are made of flesh and stone. Our bones have deep roots in the sea." (Vitorino Nemésio)

The source for these paintings and related videos is the landscape of the Azores Islands in particular Pico and Faial.

Tulips, 1997-2004

The tulips are too red in the first place, they hurt me. Even through the gift paper I could hear them breath. (Sylvia Plath)

A series of collage paintings and works on paper inspired by gardening, travel and the political upheavals of the time. The full series of works on paper from this period have been gathered in a book titled Notebook.

Works on Paper

Madwoman in the Attic, 1990-1996

After a long time I heard her say as if she were talking to herself, “I have said all I want to say. I have tried to make you understand. But nothing has changed.” She laughed. (Jean Rhys)

Many of the works in this series are derived from literature discussed in The Madwoman in the Attic: The Woman Writer and the Nineteenth-century Literary Imagination by Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar published in 1979. Short stories referenced include: The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gillman and A Jury of Her Peers by Susan Glaspell Keeting. Novels include The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath and The Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys. Poetry includes The Three Marias: New Portuguese Letters by Maria Isabel Barreno, Maria Teresa Horta and Maria Velho da Costa based on the seventeenth century Letters of a Portuguese Nun. This series also included an artist book titled Cantigas which was reissued in 2017.

Yellow Wallpaper installation, 1990

I really have discovered something... The front pattern does move - and no wonder! The woman behind shakes it! Sometimes I think there are a great many women behind, and sometimes only one, and she crawls around fast, and her crawling shakes it all over. (Charlotte Perkins Gillman)

On February 6th we moved (Dora, Katharine and I) to 1258 Webster Street, taking three furnished rooms... On the eighth: 'I take Katharine to her first school, Miss Wyman, on Alice Street a lovely girl, the teacher, just a pleasant little home school, Kate likes it.' (Notes about Gillman's time in Oakland from her 1935 autobiography, The Living of Charlotte Perkins Gillman)

Yellow Wallpaper was a site specific installation at the Alice Hotel, Alice Street, Oakland, California. It was inspired by Charlotte Perkins Gillman's short story, The Yellow Wallpaper (1892), an early feminist work about attitudes towards women and women's health. The installation included the act of tearing out wallpaper, writing and drawing on the walls, sound and performance.