Artist Statements - The Rail Quilt
I began my career as a sculptor. I worked mostly in wood and created wood sculptures ranging from waves to figural sculptures inspired by Greek Sculpture. Later, I turned to Performance Art and created wearable sculptures, installing myself, as art, in museums and public spaces across the country. The performance works reflect my interest in creating public art that is engaging, enlightening and entertaining. The performances were written about in many newspapers and featured on TV news programs, including NJN and WOR in the New York area.
In the last fifteen years I have been involved in digital art, working with scanners, digital cameras and imaging software. My digital images have grown out of a deep interest in using technology as an art-making tool.
In 2000 my public art project entitled The Rail Quilt was installed in the Newport Mall station in Jersey City. The glass block windscreens are a patchwork of the imagination of a community. My train track motif frames and unite images contributed to the project by more than sixty Jersey City art students. In this project I brought together my skills as an art educator and my talents as a digital artist. I worked with Jersey City art educators and their students. The students developed images for the Rail Quilt. I scanned and edited the images which were then etched into the glass blocks of the windscreen. This project highlighted young artists of the Jersey City community and gave them an opportunity to have their work become an integral part of a public art project in their community.
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