am obsessed by marks. I am fascinated by the power of
calligraphy as a personal mark, the trace of the individual
gesture holding the movement and energy of the hand. The
Calligraphy series springs from the realization that my
movements, my gestures and the energy flow through my body are
similar throughout many of my expressive activities. When I sign
my name, when I cut the fabric to make a quilt, or when I dance,
my mind traces a graphic line and my body controls its speed,
its flow, and its assertiveness. The difference is one of scale.
44" h x 31" w
The works in this series zoom in on the flow of a longhand scribble and crop a
specific gesture, focusing its energy in a terse statement.
At times the line is strongly directional and sharp, other times the forms turn around each other.
I use color
— vibrant, primary — to expand the gesture, to raise its volume.
I repeat and repeat: the calligraphic brush mark on the painted fabric, the calligraphic
cutter mark during the construction, the calligraphic needle mark when quilting.
Direct, deliberate, obsessive work is both the hallmark of fiber techniques and of calligraphy.
I bring both to bear upon these pieces, tempered by the expressionistic drive of my brushwork.