Artist Statement 2016
“the scales fell from her eyes,” an exhibition of 22 paintings, is a series that uses color and mark-making to portray deeper themes. Philosophically and formally I was influenced by the I Ching, a divination tool based on Taoism and Confucianism that dates back to the 10th century BC. Continued study of color theory resulted with changes in my palette, the effective employment of black being one of the main developments. The thematic content for this work was influenced while reading The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy. In this novel, several of the main characters uncover and triumph over long repressed memories and the unhealthy beliefs that resulted. If the scales fall from someone’s eyes, then they are able to see the truth. This phrase resonated with my own life experiences and inspired the title as well as the visual subject matter for this series.