2000 Brooklyn, #305
Detroit, MI 48226
€ My TORNADO came from a dream.....a recurring one, that has become the basis for my current work. These nightmares are very real to me, because the reactions they elicit are tangible-----a momentary paralysis, goose bumps, night terrors, an inability to tell sleep from waking moments. Signs and signals. Clues to my self. A state-ment of where I exist in relation to the storm. Autobiography. The need to doc-ument, to mark, to preserve ones' self----to carry on, to deliver a message. This cycle is unending. The work satisfies me momentarily, then the sensation disappears, like morning fog. I have never been in a tornado, nor do I want to be. I gather information from a myriad of sources----media, print, recollections, dreams. The Tornado paintings are the attempt to fill in these empty spaces of my memory. A continuum is a continuous thing, quantity, or substance; a series of elements passing into one another. As a part of this process the artist describes his or her world with a resounding voice, and shares this song. The spectator listens without prejudging, and should initiate further discussion by making pointed, articulate inquiry. These questions, being stimulated by work that is visually challenging, or even traditionally based with an underlying poignancy, are an essential element in the continuum. Artists throughout history have used their works to study them-selves. I place myself within this continuum, and hope that my efforts add to the dialogue. Without dialogue the time line is broken.