34 56 x 4 inches
sap wood, thread, coconut fibre and encaustic housed in plexiglass case
These assemblages were a very personal response to visits to India and Greece. I am quite comfortable moving from 2D to 3D so after I had finished doing a series of icon paintings, I extended the idea into mixed media. It was fun scouring many kinds of places for appropriate materials and objects, settling on repurposed metal car parts, clay, and fabric from India.
The Gilded Cage series came to me after my mother had passed away and I wanted to do some work in her memory. She had been suffering with M.S. for most of her adult life and this greatly restricted her in a variety of ways. Hearing the song, "I'm only a Bird in a Gilded Cage" gave me the impetus for this body of work. A creative and talented person, she was frustrated that her body, like a cage, prevented her from fulfilling her dreams. This idea also tied into the impression I developed of many women in India, being equally restricted in their traditional cultural roles.
The coconut, sap wood and beeswax pieces called, “Doors “and “X and O’s“, allowed me to once again play with mixed media. “Doors” is a fragile piece and had to be housed in a large plexiglass case. It represents a cross section of humanity and emphasizes similarities rather than differences.
The small pieces called “Daily Chores” and “Pedestals” again reference the roles of women in India, particularly in rural areas, where women’s responsibilities are largely to contribute to the well being of their families, with not much opportunity for personal development.