These patched-up self portraits were an important part of my heeling. They helped me come to terms with my past, they gave me an outlet and a way to process my trauma. This is a body of work that feels completed. I do not have all of these pieces on this site. My work has gone in a new direction. It will appear on here in time.
This was the statement for the D.I.D. body work: I am making shapes on canvas, but my shapes are self-portraits and my paints, reproduction quilting fabrics. I am using fabrics not to decorate but to make something solid like rubber, poured paint or steel. I do not consider my work collage. I like shaping space, like Serra. The leg becomes the line rather than the line of the leg being the line. I want the shape to exist without the human. I developed Dissociative Identity Disorder as a child. D.I.D. and trauma have allowed me a unique relationship with myself. I get to explore this in my work. Female self portraiture provides an important window into society, I offer one window through my story. It feels important to make the female form and experience as much a part of contemporary art as possible. I found my voice in my naked body; nudity is always political. I am a painter of the color field tradition. I am specimen, I am spectacle, I am object, but I am not too.