Master of Fine Arts, concentration in sculpture
Rhode Island School of Design
Bachelor of Fine Arts, concentration in sculpture
University of New Hampshire
The City University of New York, C.U.N.Y. Lehman College
Chair Art Department 2004-2009
Associate Professor Of Art and Technology
Bloomfield College, 1994-2000
Creative Arts and Technology
Professor of Creative Arts and Technology
Montclair State University, 1989-1993
Jewelry Department Supervisor
Fulltime and Adjunct Position: Sculpture Department
New York City Board of Education,
Learning to Read Through the Arts
New York, New York
Guggenheim Museum Children’s Program,
Sculpture with children –grades 5-8
Instituto National de Bellas Arte,
Ernesto de la Pena Folch, Director
Curator: Margaret Failioni
Consejo National para la Cultura y las Artes
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Show will travel for one year in Mexico
The Latin American Art Fair
Miami Beach Convention Center
Organized by Merrill Lynch
2015 NYFA Grant
2007-2008 Fellowship Leave
2007- PSC-CUNY Award # 69058-00 38
2006- Shuster Award, Lehman College
2005- PSC CUNY Grant – sculpture with Maya 3D
2004- PSC CUNY Grant
New York City
For over 40,000 years, humans have used logographic symbols to communicate complex ideas. This ancient system of communicating ideas awakened my need to find reflections and visualizations of reoccurring experiences and forces that shape my life, such as aging, money, religion, love, justice, human rights, the rapid advances in technology, and now global warming.
In our 21st century with Internet access and the advent of digital communication, graphic symbols are used to express complex and important ideas and feelings at an ever-increasing rate. Linking the ancient communication system of using logographic symbols with the graphic images of today, I fuse them in the form of a Mandala. Historically, a Mandala is an often-circular construction with a center point from which an array of symbols and shapes emanate. I use the mandala concept to create a visual that helps channel our thinking into more awareness.
I work with non-traditional material, Styrofoam, and ancient and modern symbols to create a contemporary interpretation of traditional Mandalas.
Once the symbols are created, the surface of the Styrofoam is treated with a mixture of powered metals and traditional acid patinas to look like heavy, old, rusted and tarnished metal, creating a trompe-l’oeil effect. This symbolizes not only the passage of time and aging, but is also a testament to the durability of these concepts though time. The purposeful contradiction between Styrofoam and metal appearance refers to the deceptions of our material reality.
The Mandalas reflect my inner explorations, observations, fears, and hopes for the world in a visual statement at this transformative time on our planet.
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