Artforum Review – October 2014

Stephanie Snyder wrote a very nice review of my October show for Artforum.  Click here to read her review.

Topkapi Blue (2014). 64" x 46" x 6". Oil on canvas.

Topkapi Blue (2014). 64″ x 46″ x 6″. Oil on canvas.


‘Pieced Constructions’ – October 2014

‘Pieced Constructions’ is my current (October 2014) show at Blackfish Gallery.

This recent body of work is composed of two types of wall-hung constructions made of recycled materials.  Both series involve a process of collecting the elements, arranging and attaching them together, and painting the final structure.

Several works are from my ongoing canvas construction series in which I incorporate leftover canvas scraps or painted strips from a prior installation, Deluge (January 2013).  The piecemeal process of sewing the re-purposed canvas sections together, as well as the resulting pattern-making, serve as a reference to traditional “women’s work”, such as quilt-making, which I’ve always admired.  Lastly in the process, the canvas sections are lavishly re-painted.  Several of the pieces are similar in size to a single bed quilt, approximately 48″ x 88″.  Two of the pieces are titled Sewing Circles and refer to the practice of women gathering together to work individually or collectively on their creative projects.  These works are made of circular pieces of canvas sewn with several layers, painted, and attached together with wire.

The second series involves pieced-together constructions of found sticks and small branches.  These are mounted on the wall but are a continuation of my previous Styx series of free-standing sculptures.  I use wire to attach the pieces of wood together and then paint the finished work.

The back room show at Blackfish this month features small sculptures by several Blackfish members, and includes one of my free-standing  sculptures from the Styx series, ‘Structure 6’.


October 2014 show at Blackfish Gallery

My show ‘Pieced Constructions’ is currently up at Blackfish Gallery for the month of October.  This is my third two-person show at Blackfish with my husband, Michael Knutson.  The show comes down November 1, so hurry on down!

Pieces in ‘Being Blackfish’

The first piece, a canvas construction called ‘Am I Blue?’, is on display in the April exhibit at Blackfish Gallery. The piece measures 88″ x 48″, and was created with oil paint on canvas strips sewn together. I included some detail photos of it in a previous post as a work in progress in my studio.

This month’s show also features 35 fish hanging in Blackfish’s front window space, which were created to celebrate Blackfish’s 35-year anniversary. My piece honors the styles of traditional Northwest Coast Indian art, and is a salmon sculpted out of cardboard and papier mâché and painted in acrylics.




‘RAT/TAR/ART’ appeared in Blackfish Gallery’s ‘Irony’ theme show during the month of February 2014. The piece consists of three panels, and was inspired by my daughter‘s system of critiquing works of art.

Current projects in my studio – Feb 2014

The first piece, ‘Am I Blue?’, is a pieced canvas construction that will be shown at Blackfish Gallery’s 35th anniversary show, “Being Blackfish”, in April 2014. The materials have been recycled from my piece ‘Deluge‘, which appeared at Blackfish in January 2013. The second piece, ‘Styx – Wall’, is also made from recycled materials, in this case from the original ‘Styx‘, shown in my one-person exhibit in 2011. The last piece, ‘Sewing Circles 2’, is a follow-up to the original ‘Sewing Circles‘, which was shown in June 2013.

New Work

Welcome to my New Work page, which features pieces that I’ve recently completed along with selected works in progress. I’m usually working on several pieces at a time, and once they’re ready to share I’ll post photos of them on this page.