Patterns of Grace, 2012
This series of portraits explores the domestic response to the endless environment of war. The work asks how can one create beauty, protect innocence, and foster loveliness in the face of inhumanity. How much should we engage or retreat from the world? If we pull our shades to insure safety can the beauty preserved have any impact? Created from a maternal perspective the question of how to raise children and send them into the world to steady the scales of suffering is paramount.
The works look at patterns of grace. Each work is a juxtaposition and layering of painting from life and screen printing from digitally altered engravings depicting the medieval crusades and European conflicts of the 1800s; decorative and military patterns; and geographical maps. See the process section below for more on how these are created.