Chain Stories Exhibition
Exhibit on display - January 7--February 28, 2019, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Closing Reception - Saturday, February 23, 2:00pm-4:00pm (Art Talk 3:00pm-4:00pm).
Location: John H. Milde Gallery, 13999 Goldmark Drive, Dallas, Texas
I became preoccupied with chains a few years ago as a metaphor for constraint and restriction. In Chain StoriesI I continue to regard them in a broader sense, not just in terms of confinement, but also as a means of attachment, support, adornment… connections made. In most works the chain motif is obvious. A few pieces refer to psychological/emotional/non visible connections. The links are implied, but surely as strong.
Through portraiture and narrative I am looking at relationships and states of being, lessons learned and their impact on the self. Images are bound in frames or strung out as wall jewelry, or a combination of the two. Chain swags create dialogs about separation and attachment, or become wall necklaces with their own tales to tell. Free standing vessels, sewn and sutured, allow glimpses of interior, insular selves, safe and protected in hard shells. Placement and pedestals complete the story.
I hope to provoke or inspire the viewer to examine their own inner self and the chains in their life. Enjoy!