The Patriot Series began in 2004 as a response to the state of my country. I believe it is important to create artwork when you wish to speak politically. Download the complete Artist Statement here.
Presently, the Series contains three pieces. One large artwork, I Pledge Allegiance, was initially created in reference to the 2003 United States’ position on the Iraq war—or war in general. The piece was originally shown in 2004 at the Joseloff Gallery, University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT. In 2013, it was re-exhibited at the Hartford DADA Exhibition, Pump House Gallery, Hartford, CT. For this context, I felt it was an appropriate artistic response to the weekly gun violence we endure in our country. The work is mixed media and large in scale—36 x 48 inches plus space underneath for hanging thread. It is intended to be hung unframed from nails and grommets.
The second piece is titled Uniform of the Day, a collaboration with writer Robert Dennis. This piece is both sculptural and performance-based and was originally shown in 2006 at the Joseloff Gallery, University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT. The performance was from January 10th – February 24th, 2006 and involved myself and four other performers.
What does a uniform communicate? Sameness? Belonging to a group? Power? In military speak, “the uniform of the day” is the dictated apparel required of all members of the group for any particular situation.
In this piece, there is a “uniform” for each of the seven days of the week. From some perspectives, they are all the same. Yet, they are all different. There is no dictate as to what to wear, only the wearer’s state of mind and connection to the outside world. And each message is intended to generate comment, or initiate dialogue.
The 2006 Performance:
The performers chose a T-shirt to wear for the day, based on a message they wanted to communicate to the public. The message could have personal, local, national or international connections. The performer wore the shirt hoping that the public would engage in dialogue with them. The performer then chose what to record on the daily web blog. You can download the complete recording pdf here. In 2006 the performers were: myself; Kelly Burns, a high school art teacher in the Hartford, CT area; Christine Gerber, an elementary teacher in the Boston area; Justin Good, a lecturer, writer and philosopher in the Middletown, CT area; and Alfred Martinez, a New York-based fine artist.
The third piece, What does it take to be loved? was created at the end of 2014. The work is mixed media and large in scale—22.5 x 44 inches plus space underneath for hanging thread. It is intended to be hung unframed from nails and grommets.
This piece asks questions about images of women, domestic violence, and how women build their lives within these constructions. I loved working on this piece, because I took an old print, tore it up and then gave it new life.