Over the past few months, I've embarked on a daunting journey, a new series of work consisting mostly of collage.  I revisited old art, determined to work and think harder.  I wanted to make it stronger, smarter, bolder.   I  began to cover up, rip up, cut up my work. Sundry things found their way  into unresolved compositions. Paper, bark, twine, ink, paint, drawings, mediums went flying. I was compelled to reinvent it.

I am excited to make this art. It draws me to my studio, like a magnet. The series -- part of the Disappearing Lines series -- started as a visual diary of conversations with my daughter. But it soon evolved into a personal challenge to make improvements, rather than excuses.  The words of writers and poets whom I had encountered were the loudest in my studio ruminations. The literature and words that had always inspired me still prompt the art years later, but in a more intimate way.

These collages came to the attention of some unexpected art experts. Artis-Naples - the Baker Museum,  hosts an annual event, Florida Contemporary. It has returned to a strictly invitational format. The museum's website explains that its Curators survey thousands of pieces of art for "a select group of contemporary artists." The event typically includes the work of between 16 and 30 artists. But this year, the Curators departed from all past practice. They have invited only four artists for the 2017-2018 edition. I am one of those chosen to participate in this edition of  Florida Contemporary. I will be joined by Gay Germain, Reisha Perlmutter and  Tammra Sigler. 

This year's invitational format offers each of us the rare opportunity to exhibit a body of our work. The Curators' choices from my collages, not seen outside of my studio, will be front and center. Kindly join us for the opening next week at Artis-Naples . And please attend a round table discussion moderated by Dr. Gisela Carbonell, Director of Curatorial Affairs.

If anyone would like to see the exhibit on a date other than those listed below and have me join you at  Artis-Naples for a showing, please let me know. I'd be delighted to accompany you and tell you more about the work.

Artis-Naples - The Baker Museum

Hayes Hall

5833 Pelican Bay Blvd.

Naples, FL


Exhibition dates

November 16, 2017 - January 14, 2018

Round Table Discussion with the Artists

November 16, 2017 at 10 a.m.

Artis-Naples - The Baker Museum

Daniels Pavillion

Free Admission

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