Adjunct Assistant Professor, Liberal Arts, AAP(2006). BFA, 1972, University of Massachusetts, Amherst; MFA, 2004, University of Chicago. Exhibitions: Linda Warren Projects, Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Union League Club, Chicago; Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington. Publications: National Women's Caucus Catalogue; New American Paintings; Chicago Art Journal. Bibliography: Huffington Post; Chicago Reader; Time Out Chicago; New City; Flavorpill.. Collections: Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Sam Houston State Univ, Texas; Deloitte Touche; Kirkland & Ellis; Clark College, Atlanta. Awards: Artist Project Grant, Illinois Arts Council; National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship (Painting), Midwest Region; Illinois Arts Council, Special Assistance Grants.
Experience at SAIC
The experience of being in a collegial atmosphere with a diversity of approaches, strategies, and ideas is not to be underrated.
My various works as a visual artist are related by my interest in social dynamics.
Much recent work puzzles the social impact of representations of women in the commercial media. These paintings reflect the shaping of personal narratives/ identities being forged out of, and based on, the push/ pull of desire/ allure. The poses, postures, surface treatments, and selectively enhanced/diminished proportions are archetypes, ubiquitous in the media, and out of reach in their flawless manufacture.
Have current views of beauty, so thoroughly conflated with notions of desire, power, lifestyle, and celebrity- distracted the construction of our personal narratives? Might we, to various degrees, embrace our own objectification?
My appropriation and re-arrangements of these "product" images, echoes their ubiquitous presence and growing function as icons of desire. The cult of the individual has become the cult of emulation.
In a different direction, the series "Groundwork", represents my ongoing interest in abstraction within a post-modern framework. In contrast to the self contained formalism of modernism I focus on prosaic, schematic patterns of formal appeal that operate simultaneously as social signifiers.
Thinking about the impact of the media on the social landscape.
Disclaimer: All work represents the views of the INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS & AUTHORS who created them, and are not those of the school or museum of the Art Institute.