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  • migratory patterns
  • crayola braille
  • doily toxins + viruses + body
  • domestic scenes
  • doily dot paintings
  • doily installations
  • doily/quilt trees
  • tank installations
  • robots
  • rifle targets
  • thread drawings
fukushima daiichi radiation drawings. click to see larger fukushima daiichi radiation drawings. click to see larger

fukushima daiichi radiation drawings. click to see larger

fukushima daiichi radiation drawings. click to see larger fukushima daiichi radiation drawings. click to see larger click to see a larger image << this work documents the migration of radiation from the Fukushima Daiichi plant in Japan after the earthquake/tsunami. the drawings chart the levels of radiation 5 days, one month, 6 months and 1 year after the event. the doily installation provides the key to the radiation levels [which even at the lowest levels are unsafe exposures].
fugo mapping of landings. click to see larger may 5, 1945. click to see larger gambatte ne. click to see larger << this work documents the migration of Fu-Go - balloon bombs that the Japanese sent to attack the US during World War II. they utilized jet streams. the first piece charts where all the pieces of these bombs landed in the lower 48, the 2nd is a memorial to the 5 killed by a found bomb, the 3rd charts the jet streams and distances between the US and Japan. gambatte ne. click to see larger amsterdam click to see larger baba in italy. click to see larger
gambatte ne. click to see larger chwanmushi. click to see larger dogwood. click to see larger fushini inari. click to see larger california quail. click to see larger colored pencils. click to see larger gambatte ne. click to see larger << these drawings chart my movement - places i've visited [some from personal photos] & objects that have importance to me. simple drawings with colors charted & documented
danne san. click to see larger watashii home sweet home. click to see larger watashii - ca girl. click to see larger ocasan. click to see larger ottosan. click to see larger ojisan and obasan. click to see larger << this work documents the migration of me, my husband and immediate family. the marks are abstract maps and literally count the mileage between places of residence for each person. the imagery relates to each locale/person [state birds, flowers, etc]. every component offers a key to some personal information, data, or insight.
caryola 16 pack ::  click for larger image wild watermelon ::  click for larger image scarlet ::  click for larger image mac and cheese :: click for a larger image outrageous orange :: click for a larger image canary :: click for a larger image dandelion :: click for a larger image sea green :: click for a larger image
fern green :: click for a larger image inchworm :: click for a larger image periwinkle :: click for a larger image sky blue :: click for a larger image wisteria :: click for a larger image eggplant :: click for a larger image cotton candy :: click for a larger image cerise :: click for a larger image
timberwolf ::  click for larger image <<< this is a set of 16 Crayola color names with threads that match their namesakes represented in braille. when i was a child, my mother transcribed braille as a part time job. i always felt that it was like a secret language and loved looking at the pages of raised dots. i'm interested in how we perceive color and fascinated with the idea of "reading" color without sight i decided to create these. i was also fascinated by a tidbit i heard on NPR that kids are now able to name colors more eclectically since Crayola crayons have been in use. a bit tongue in cheek - if you can see, you can visualize the color, if you can read braille you get to know the name of the color.  
hin1. click to see the image larger spanish flu. click to see the image larger <<< these are representations of the h1n1 and Spanish flu viruses. at almost 4 feet square these are largerin scale than other works featured on this page. i decided to render these in black in white -to mimic all the slides/visuals i saw of these viruses. click to see the image larger click to see the image larger click to see the image larger click to see the image larger
click to see the image larger click to see the image larger click to see the image larger click to see the image larger click to see the image larger <<< these molecular representations of toxins were part of "fleeting beauty" an exhibition at Gallerie Nicoletta Rusconi. the bulk of them are chemical warfare agents  
imidacloprid adenovirus influenza influenza influenza <<< a continuation of the toxin work along with some repesentations of viruses  
selenium bromide doily drawing dimethylformamide doily drawing <<< these drawings were made for Couplets - a show with Aurora Robson. We actually made work meant to hang together. In these drawings I took the molecular structures of environmental toxins and rendered them using doilies. An attempt to turn something ugly and horrible into something beautiful. See install shots of the show here. doily drawings : doily body <<< when I started drawing doilies I realized that en masse they reminded me of internal organs... these doily body drawings represent the 4 things I think you need to make art: your lungs, heart, brain, and guts.  
redwork :: sit with you. click for larger image redwork :: chinoise. click for larger image redwork :: sit with you. click for larger image we are family : brown and yellow chairs we are family : blue and brown beds we are family : pink and red sofas we are family : brown and yellow chairs we are family : brown and yellow chairs
we are family : brown and yellow chairs we are family : pink and red sofas bed drawing : nocturna [we'll soon be three] bed drawing our mirror chair drawing from the vine bed drawing : a green bed in green grass chair drawing : fly  me away bed drawing : beds in poppyland
chair drawing : orange chair past and present bed drawing : bed dreams a blue doily dream cloud doily drawing chair drawing : lime chairs doily drawing pilot wheel bed drawing : texas hold em bed drawing : chevy chase bed drawing : pinwheel

doily no. 24

doily no. 79

doily no. 83

doily no. 85 doily no. 86 doily no. 87 doily no. 95 doily no. 94
doily no. 99 doily no. 84          
             
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doily installation : over the river and through the woods doily installation : over the river and through the woods doily installation : lilly pond doily at the Koumi Machi Museum in Japan doily installation : lilly pond doily : Richmond Art Center doily installation : louisiana star doily : traywick contemporary      
watch me paint a doily - a little movie here
           
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click to see a larger image click to see a larger image <<< this was an exhibition entitled "where have all the trees gone". inspired by these two NASA satalite photos of Tierras Bajas in bolivia that had been deforrested. It struck me immediately as a terribly traumatic, but also incredibly beautiful imagery. The strange areas of haphazard clearing instantly also reminded me of doilies – in shape and texture. I decided I wanted to develop a body of work centered on deforestation.  In all my work I’m consistently drawn to ideas and imagery that collide in someway – how can I make the ugly beautiful, or rescue, mend, or empathize with a situation using domestic arts?      
doily trees by a doily lake doily trees doily forest drawing can't see the doilies through the trees        
apature tank installation synchronized tanks :: radial formation SFSU tank install pattern pattern pattern tank install tank installation - Japan line of pink and brown tanks GenArt tank installation dangerous playthings tank installation
plexi pink tank              
               
Galaga cross stitch Galaga cross stitch - sky Galaga cross stitch - bee Galaga cross stitch - boss Galaga cross stitch - boss with ray Galaga cross stitch - butterfly Galaga cross stitch - ship  
Robot Pile - San Jose Museum of Art robot pile drawing atomic robot robots in love robot copter patchwork robot    
^^ watch a video of me talking about this robot pile + other stuff - generated by the San Jose Museum of Art
           
               

 

each body of rifle target work opens in it's own browser window
fbi mended target lime gray button pinwheel mended target pink petal mended target

<<< in this series I mended targets that had been shot - each target uses a different colorway and a different stitch. in some ways this is my attempt to overcome and "correct" a situation that frightens me.

     
coagulant rifle targets <<<<in this series I painted small pieces of rifle targets with watercolor depictions of plants that can be use to stop bleeding, or are helpful in wound care   cozied and sewn rifle targets <<<<in this series I cozied the target to render it harmless, or I sewed a pattern on top of the pattern to emphasize the decorative nature of the target
the hunted rifle targets <<<<in this series I wanted to talk about gun usage. In thinking about hunting I wanted to depict the animals in a traditional manner - the silhouette, but in an untraditional colorway. on each target one animal is placed where a shot on the target would be fatal. each animal is also outlined by a series of pinholes - the act of sewing without its mending capabilities bigger blue target bigger floral target <<<<these are slightly larger target pieces - thinking of the idea of "quilting" them together
each body of thread drawing work opens in it's own browser window
family tree family tree family tree family tree << this was an attempt at an abstract family tree. each hoop is an immediate family member [me, my daughter, my husband and his parents, my parents and their parents/my grandparents]. for each person i choose colors that i thought represented them, and a stitch that related to them somehow. the stitching itself indicates the birth or death date of the individual.    
grammy << this series was done for the exhibition tattered cultures mended histories. i did a series of portraits, me, my mother and 2 grandmothers with our places of birth/residence. read more about the premise HERE Wallet Size Me - embroidery drawing Wallet Size Me - embroidery drawing <<<< after doing a series of anonymous girl portraits showing the backside of the embroidery, I decided I should do a series of self-portraits. So I used 10 years of wallet sized photos of myself [and one with my family] and included the features  
plane thread drawing : green/pink american michells plane thread drawing : orange mitsubishi A6M zeros <<<< interested in the masculine/feminine aspect of war machines, I wanted to make polka dotted planes. these are machine stitched since they are machines.        

 

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