Day at the Beach | 60″ x 46″ x 6″ | Wool and linen, carved floss in plexiglass case | 2000
I have been creating fiber works for more than 50 years. Persistence and endurance are what my work is about. If you compare a person’s life to a stone wall, the stones comprise all the people, memories, joys and hardships that make up that life. My work is like the mortar that holds the stones together and makes the wall endure. Without the mortar, my life would just be a pile of rocks. The need to produce — to keep on exploring and solving problems — provides me with that mortar and the persistence to live.
Day at the Beach recollects a scene from gay life before the AIDS pandemic changed so many of our lives. Blaze of Glory consists of three pieces: Spark, the discovery of life, Blaze, the all encompassing part of life, and Afterglow, a reflection on that life that eventually leads to rebirth. In all of these works, we know that life will return, but will never be the same.