portal wisconsin featured artist
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My work consists of a series of sculptured garments, each acting as a metaphor for a specific attitude or custom of our culture. I focus on garments as portraiture, commentary and satire.
Beginning with a welding torch and quarter-inch steel rod, I weld an armature that can function as an internal support or play a definitive role in the detailing of the piece. The next step is to collect and integrate common everyday materials and work them into a fabric that covers the armature. This meticulously worked surface helps define the meaning of the piece. The life-size garments tend to draw in the viewer. In return the viewer completes the process by bringing a personal interpretation to the piece.
Art education degree, University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts/Arts Midwest Fellowship.
Publications: Sculpture Magazine, Fiberarts Magazine, Costume Maker's Art, Lifework: Portraits of Iowa Women Artists
Work featured in Iowa Public Television's "Living in Iowa"