This series of carbon and graphite paintings draws
inspiration from the artistic teachings and endeavors of
both sides of my family.
The title “Blackwork,”
itself, refers to a lovely form of embroidery using black
thread on a white ground to great, dramatic effect.
Although I can’t think of any particular example of
Blackwork among the generations of embroiderers and
crocheters on my mother’s side of the family, the delicate
and precise lines the graphite creates reminds me of their
white photography provides the other creative input for
these pieces. Hours spent with my father in his darkroom
(following the footsteps of my grandfather, a newspaper
photographer from the 1930’s) have given me a delight in the
possibilities of monochromatic interpretation. Form and
value take on new and exciting meaning when freed from the
distraction of color.
further depth to the associations, the “Easter” subset of
“Blackwork” addresses the way the broader, human family
searches for meaning in our world. The linking of certain
plants with the deeper mystery of faith turns each
individual observer into the connecting thread between the
earthly infinitesimal and the transcendent divine.