ABSTRACT SEWING - I have always loved operating machines: cars, typewriters, sewing machines. I started sewing again recently, but this time on paper with a darning attachment which allows me to freely move the paper in any direction, adjusting the speed and stitch length as my emotion dictates and adding colored paper along the way. It is like driving through the landscape of my soul. I enjoy the sound, the speed, the tinkering with the components, the craft of it. ALCHEMY - The big bang, inner landscapes, chemistry, alchemy, heaven and earth. These are all the qualities that sustain my interest in working with metallic surfacers and mild acids on canvas. Humidity, heat, sun and shade, layers of metal suspended in paint, reacting with past applications. I am in a state of wonder. They’re impossible to re-create. Impossible to “fix”. It would be like trying to contain fog.
I was born and raised in Oakland, California and attended UC Berekeley where I graduated with a degree in Art and Political Science and received the Dean’s Award for Painting. This was during the years of Vietnam anti-war protests, the Women’s Movement, and the emergence of the Black Panthers and SLA. In response to spending my last year of college designing and printing anti-war posters, I moved to New York to learn more about what graffiti artists and other socially motivated artists were doing. I led art workshops with women inmates at Riker’s Island Prison and at the end of three months their art was shown at St. John the Divine.
When I returned to San Francisco, I studied graphic design which I pursued for 35+ years (and continue to do so), enjoying working for clients and helping them bring their vision to life. Learn more about The Meuse Design at www.themeuse.com
Also during this time my artistic pursuits turned to watercolor paintings of landscapes which evolved into pastel painting and nature journaling which I teach and deeply love. Learn more about On the Trail Nature Journaling at www.naturemeuse.com
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