Pill Box Hats

I miss hats - the totally superfluous, impractical pillboxes, cloches, and wide-brimmed beauties designed solely for sitting on top of a head and making the wearer look pretty. I remember as a child, the hat was an important accessory, especially on Sundays which was a tradition dating to the Middle Ages when the church decreed that women's hair must be covered. Every year we girls got new Easter Bonnets. I was reminded of these fleeting fashion moments in my young life when I was clearing out my Mom's house several years ago. She was a saver of fashion that was going to come back and her hats were something I just had to keep. She particularly loved Pillbox Hats and actually made her own to match the outfits she wore. Looking up the history of the Pillbox Hat I discovered it has a pretty meaty past, for example: • This style of hat has a history that dates backs to Roman times, then known as the pilleus and worn by Roman soldiers. • Pillbox Hats have been part of a bride’s attire since Medieval times. • Jacqueline Kennedy, was well known for her "signature Pillbox Hats" in the 1960s, designed by Halston. This wall installation uses the crown of slightly over sized Pillbox Hats to present a frame for portraits created from vintage photographs circa 1940 of ladies in their varying styles of hats.
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Peace Cloth to Silence Contemporary War

I see global peace as a truce when all nations will be able to unite under one flag of pride without losing site of individual cultures, religious beliefs, personal philosophies, or their individual uniqueness. I present this work not as a Flag of Truce for one nation giving up their freedoms to another, a symbolic sign of defeat and despair, but a symbolic sign of a world truly united in sharing a mutual respect for all of humanity to exist and thrive. This flag is comprised of 100 10" X 8" panels with the words May Peace Prevail on Earth in 100 languages representing 170 nations.
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Take a Memory / Leave a Memory

"Memory is the diary that we all carry about with us." Oscar Wilde Photography is linked closely with memory. Photographs help us recall family, friends and special moments. But do they allow us to really remember them? Some people have argued that photography and memory do not mix, that one even precludes the other. Photography, they say, replaces memories with mere pictures. In order to create and preserve memories, people have enhanced photographs by adding words, fabric, objects and even hair. The photograph becomes something that is touched, whether really or in the imagination of the viewer, and this helps drag its perception into the immediacy of the present. So what exactly is the nature of the relationship between the photograph and the memory? Can a photograph with no tangible connection to a complete stranger, vividly trigger a memory that can be shared quietly and anonymous? These are the questions I tried to answer by presenting “Take a Memory - Leave a Memory” at the 2011 Art Centre Open House Exhibition. 100 photographs from my personal collection taken at various times over the past 100 years were displayed on a French Bulletin Board and Visitors were asked to select a photo that triggered a personal memory of their own and to keep that photo.

The Fractrural Heart

This project was the result of participating in an Artist Residency Program. This interactive, site specific installation work was created at the Camac Centre of Art, Science and Technology located in Marnay-sur-Seine, France. It now has been added to Camac's permanent collection.

Every Women's Story

Every Woman’s Story is an artistic endeavor through 5 art panels to celebrate the female heroines of our times who as Mothers, Nurses, Teachers, Artists, Poets, and Friends, live full and rewarding lives giving and nurturing and mending the souls they touch. These heroines live hard for us, while in this world, and then suddenly, like the last flicker of warm candlelight, they leave us and start a new journey, a new adventure, a new path of enlightenment. And although they leave us behind, these women whose fears of moving forward have finally been calmed, still continue to tap us on the shoulder from time-to-time in a sudden des ja vu that only we understand.
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Secrets to Dream On

They first met in a one-room schoolhouse. None of them knew the extent or importance this meeting would bear on each of their lives. They were only 5 years old. Excited about starting school. Terrified about being away from home even for a few hours. But when introduced to recess on that first day, the adventure of life long friendships began. They shared everything! Or did they? The friendships were strong and forever, but as each transitioned from girl, to young lady, to woman, they all saved one or two secrets for themselves. Secrets to dream on!
Beth, Blanche, Eleanor and Marjorie