Last Sunday I participated in an artists forum with fellow artist Christine Eagon at our show The Spirit of Place at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland. Doing such a talk makes me really think about what I want people to know about my work. Often artists fall back on the technical part. I find myself doing this, too, since the physical making of it is often prominent in my mind. Maybe I have tried a new material or took a chance on a new style. But when I dig deeper, and identify what I really want to communicate, I get different answers. So on Sunday I was proud that I was able to explain how these paintings are a love affair with my connection to heritage and place. I spoke about finding my father's old slides and about my experience at the sites. I mentioned how being a nation of mostly immigrants (and descendants of colonizers) might affect our relationship with the land.
My goal was to create openings so people could find their own meaning in the work.