American Toile

Work that reflects on the fabric of America as seen through the eyes of a woman artist working in obscurity, on the fringes of the corporate and philanthropic universes, at the crossroad of the world.

I am an artist working in paint, photography, and occasionally mixed media. My work contemplates religious, historic, and mythological women, personal histories, and the psychological undercurrents of contemporary society.

My early work reflects a classical approach to oil painting. After an Italian residency, I fell in love with the Arte Povera movement, and their use of raw, everyday materials. It was then I began to explore painting on other surfaces such as burlap and slate and in a looser style in paint.

I especially love using discarded slate from a former state-run (1885-1996) condemned psychiatric hospital. Now a hotspot for urbex explorers, it provides a wealth of unusual poignant pieces of history on which to work. The added symbolism using a piece of broken shelter for portraits seems appropriate for our times.