The themes in my work are held together by a common thread based on a series of life events. Being born into a vibrant and culturally mixed family of many nationalities, skin color, religion, and countries of origin was of fundamental importance to the development of my art and writing. Five generations of mixed marriages from the 19th century in Europe and the Caribbean, to the United States, then back to Europe, has allowed for the all-encompassing subject of migration and displacement to be a dominant theme in my work.
Migration is dealt with in all its senses: a literal move from one place to another, or purely mental. In both cases I deal with the emotional states attached to the winds of change.
Examples of this can be seen from the landscapes in the series Geographies of the Mind, to the Human Tragedy series where a character is catapulted in spite of him/herself into a nightmare of time and place.
In a migration of the mind, one can fly to paradise or to hell leading to new perspectives or visions. This is portrayed in the Bestiary series, where both people and animals “travel” together to obscure, secret sides of human nature. They are mirror images of each other as symbols of emotional states.
This same idea occurs in examples of my artist books, where I depict the shift of my mother’s altered mind, or in the book, “…of wounds and tears…”, dealing with my late husband’s passing.
The versatility of these two aspects of migration allows me to play with its representation. Undefined Time and Space are crucial to the other-worldliness of the images. My ongoing project, “The Recycling Space Project” delves into the Unknown of outer space, the ultimate migration, where Time exists but not as we know it – and where astronauts and a small population of bodiless people must fight for their freedom within the limits of their humanity. Will they make it? Will the artist, with the help of Metaphor and Allegory succeed in this new voyage?