Born in Aurora, Illinois (USA) in 1953.
She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in 1974 from Dominican College, Racine, Wisconsin, and then a Masters of Arts & Masters of Fine Arts from Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, Illinois in 1977.
Thereupon, she moved to New York and spent the following 15 years exhibiting & marketing art in various NYC galleries, LeFigaro Café, Greenwich Village, & New York Art Expos.
During this period she worked as an Education Co-ordinator at the Jersey City Museum, NJ., incorporated Contemporary Art Masters, a serigraphic printing studio in Jersey City, NJ., worked as an art consultant for Martin Lawrence Limited Editions at Danbury, CT., and taught as a professor of Art History at Mercy College, White Plaines, NY.
She moved to Paris, France in 1993, where she married, established a family, and continues her art career.
Artistic Statement by the Artist
My art, as art and life in general, is in constant flux of being redefined: "Total Art" was the avant-garde term of the late '70's when I was a graduate student in America. The major aspects concerned were: Time, Space, & Idea. It was an offspring of Conceptual Art, which stressed the essence of the work, (that which motivated the mental process preceding the tangible or non-tangible art product). It placed greater emphasis on conceptual content than on palpable subject matter; the art object was discarded in favor of the art idea. I was an advocate of "Gesamtkuntswerk", meaning the sophisticated weave of all the creative arts. I commenced Performance Art in graduate school. My first graduate art degree was given in Printmaking and my second in Painting, although I never painted one painting. Instead, I submitted Performance Pieces. Audience participation was tantamount. The participants became an intrinsic part of the art; their response to my multiple sequenced activities (Time), environment (Space), & concept (Idea) was art. After graduate school I incorporated a non-profit organization called Limbo Productions, dedicated to Performance Art. It was composed of 7 persons from various disciplines: visual arts, dance, music, theater, & carpentry.
I termed our endeavors Team Art. I continued performance art when I moved to Brooklyn, NY. Although well received, performance art could never pay the bills. In New York City as in Paris I made object art, specifically the cityscapes requested from the galleries. This artistically fulfilled my technical printmaking pleasure as well as being economically practical. Even in graduate school, I had to defend my love of esorteric Performance Art with my dual passion for producing object oriencted art. Pure and simple, I love both art forms and refuse to limit my creativity to just one; contrary to professional advice. The public may have a preference for one or the other but hopefully, I will be able to broaden their appreciation to include the other. I personally still appreciate the shoe designs of Warhol as much as his esorteric-commercial Campbell Soup Cans. He effectively played with both sides of the artistic coin as well as succeeding at combining the two into a brand specifically his own and indigenous to his time. I too have the same temperament!
Personal life choices such as marriage and family have redirected some of my energy. My artistic endeavors have manifested at a slower pace but with the same passion of my youth. Presently I am exploring domestic objects & ideas customary to the typical housewife as medium for my "paintings".
I find inspiration from everyday materials much the same as in primitive societies. I utilize dolls & yoyos, kitchen utensils & food labels, sewing materials & patch-work. I am using functional mundane household items & creating non-functional esoteric art. The blurring of art & life/life & art has always been a preoccupation of mine likewise the defining of what designates a painting, sculpture, etc… My art has definite feminist undertones and in the future, this period should be refered to as my Domestic Female Epoch.
EXHIBITIONS AND PUBLICATIONS
2013-1993 - Represented by Ro Gallery, Long Island City, New York, Private Collections & Personal Commissions
1997 - Represented by Powell Street Gallery , San Francisco, CA, USA - Société des Artistes Français, Salon '97, Espace Eiffel-Branly, Paris , France
1996 - Galerie M.G. Lorette, l'Ile Saint Louis, Paris , France (one woman show) - Maison des Jeunes et de la Culture de Sceaux , France (one woman show) - Hotel California, Paris, France (one person show) - Stardom Gallery, Paris, France (group show) - Société des Artistes Français, Salon 1995-96,Espace Eiffel-Branly, Paris, France - l'Univers des Arts, June issue
1994 - Société des Artistes Français, Salon 1994, Espace Eiffel-Branly, Paris, France
1993 - Société des Artistes Français, Salon 1993, Grand Palais, Paris, France -Bruce Museum, Annual Outdoor Arts Festival, Greenwich, CT, USA - Mercy College, White Plaines Campus, NY, USA (one woman show) - Greenwich Art Society, Greenwich, CT, USA (one woman show) -Greenwich Arts Council, Greenwich, CT, USA (two person show)
1992 - 75th Annual Member's Juried Exhibition, Greenwich Art Society, Greenwich, CT, USA
1991 -13th International Art Expo, Jacob Javits Center, NYC, USA
1990-1989 - Le Figaro Café, 153 Bleeker St., Greenwich Village, NYC, USA (one woman show, commissioned drawing)
1988 - 10th Annual International Art Expo, represented by Strictly Ltd. Editions, Jacob Javits Convention Center, NYC, USA - Le Figaro Café, Greenwich Village, NYC, USA (one woman show)
1987 - 9thAnnual International Art Expo, Jacob Javits Convention Center, NYC, USA - Fairfield County Woman, Newspaper's 5th Anniversary Juried Show & published interview, Stamford Metro Center, Stamford, CT, USA - Trumbull Gallery, Trumbull, CT, USA (one person show) - Westport Nature Center, Annual Juried Arts Festival, Westport, CT, USA - Le Figaro Café, Greenwich Village, NYC, USA (one woman show)
1986 - 8thAnnual International Art Expo, Jacob Javits Convention Center , NYC, USA - Publication of a 6 page promotional brochure in color - Le Figaro Café, Greenwich Village, NYC, USA (one woman show)
1985 - Art Buyers Caravan Show, Los Angeles, CA, USA. represented by Carla Jean & Associates - Publication of two posters: New York Stock Exchange et Taxi! /Times Square - Jersey City Public Library, Jersey City, NJ, USA (one woman show)
1984 - Full Page Color Ads in March & November issues of Decor Magazine, represented by Carla Jean & Associates - Dallas Art Expo, Dallas, TX, USA represented by Carla Jean & Associates
1983 - Washington Square Juried Outdoor Art Show, Spring, NYC, USA - Central Park South Outdoor Art Show, Fall, NYC, USA - Dallas Art Expo, Dallas, TX, USA, represented by Carla Jean & Associates - Le Figaro Café, Greenwich Village, NYC, USA (one woman show)
1982 - Washington Square Juried Outdoor Art Show, Spring, NYC, USA - New Artist Presentation, Madison Square Garden, NYC, USA
1981 - 20th Annual Festival Maurice Podell, Long Branch, NJ, USA 1979 - Performance Honorarium, Long Island University, Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn, NY, USA - Humanities Gallery, Long Island University, Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn, NY, USA (one person show) - Woman Art Gallery, 41 W. 57th St., NYC, USA (Conceptual Art Group Show)
1978 - Performance Honorarium, Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, IL, USA - Publication in Towers , (student literary journal), Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, IL, USA - Anderson Fine Arts Center, Juried Winter Show, Anderson, IN, USA
1977 - Master of Fine Arts Exhibition, Holmes Student Center , Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, IL, USA - Burpee Museum, Rockford, IL, USA (Group Exhibition) - 16th Bradley National Exposition, Juried Print & Drawing Exhibition, Peoria, IL, USA - Freeport Museum, Juried Exhibiton, Freeport, IL, USA - 20th Beloit & Vicinity Exposition, Wright Art Center, Beloit College, Beloit, WI, USA
1976 - Master of Arts Exhibition & Performance, Graduate Gallery, Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, Illinois, USA - " Celebration '76 ", Juried National Show, Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, IL, USA - 19th Beloit & Vicinity Exposition, Wright Art Center, Beloit College, Beloit, WI, USA
1974 - Bachelors of Arts Exhibition, Dominican College Art Gallery, Racine, WI, USA
- New York Stock Exchange, Archives & Marketing Dept., NYC, USA
Art Business News, Decor Magazine, New York Times, Jersey Journal
AWARDS & DISTINCTIONS
1992 - Prix Randolph Chitwood, The Greenwich Art Society, Greenwich, CT, USA