In my work I access contemporary social issues by making connections with personal narratives, history, and popular culture. I am inspired by social phenomena and constantly try to position myself in relationship to a public or a sub-culture. My training has been in an interdisciplinary art school and therefore I freely combine research methodologies and artistic strategies borrowed from various disciplines such as photography, documentary, graphic design, performance, storytelling, installation, and social interventions.
As I approach my work from a conceptual frame, the form is wide ranging; from fabric banners, to ceramic plates, oil paintings produced in China, resin cast sculptures and news media ads. Often the project culminates in an artist’s publication. Educated as a designer I’ve used the computer since the mid-80s and was actively participating in the digital revolution that came through image manipulation software, desktop publishing, internet communication, web publishing and more recently mass customization.
Text and language is an inherent part of my work; interviews, personal narrative, found text, all have the potential to contextualize the imagery. The book format allows me to develop an idea in much greater detail and create dialogues outside art establishments where it can reach a wider audience. With my collaborator (and husband) Mike Mandel, I actively interract with the media as part of the work. We have given press conferences and staged street events to open the work to a non-art audience.
As Eighteen Publications, Mike and I have self-published several artist’s books. Our combined skills in photo, design, printing and publishing enables us the artistic freedom from the industry and thus we are able to produce books at a much lower cost. We both are comitted to create works of art that are cheap and accessible to a wider audience. As my studio practice evolves, I have embraced the rapid changes in technology and in recent years I’ve also used print-on-demand technology to produce and distribute my work.
My work is project based. I draw from academic research as much as intuitive explorations in design. As I explore projects for several years the work can transform into exhibitions, installations, publications, performances and street happenings. Designing and re-designing, the work into different contexts brings a greater understanding of the ideas, and makes it more accessible to different groups of audiences.
Shelter in Plates, 2013
set of 6 ceramic plates
in collaboration with Mike Mandel