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Swanzy Beach Park Diptych
Handwoven Drawing with wood, cotton, lurex, acyrlic, ink, and inkjet print
48" x 30"
2022
Swanzy Beach Park (detail 1)
Handwoven Drawing with wood, cotton, lurex, acyrlic, ink, and inkjet print
48" x 30"
2022
Swanzy Beach Park (detail 2)
Handwoven Drawing with wood, cotton, lurex, acyrlic, ink, and inkjet printnkjet print
48" x 30"
2022
Central Park
Handwoven Drawing with wood, cotton, lurex, acrylic, ink, and metal leaf
24" x 40"
2022
Central Park (detail)
Handwoven Drawing with wood, cotton, lurex, acrylic, ink, and metal leaf
24" x 40"
2022
Motherland
Handwoven Drawing with wood, cotton, lurex, acrylic, ink, and metal leaf
24" x 40"
2022
Motherland (detail)
Handwoven Drawing with cotton, wood, lurex, acrylic, ink, and metal leaf
24" x 40"
2022
Cranbrook Edison House (View 1)
Handwoven Drawing with wood, cotton, lurex, acrylic, and ink
7' x 4' x 18"
2021
Cranbrook Edison House (View 2)
Handwoven Drawing with wood, cotton, lurex, acrylic, and ink
7' x 4' x 18"
2021
Cranbrook Edison House (View 3)
Handwoven Drawing with wood, cotton, lurex, acrylic, and ink
7' x 4' x 18"
2021
Cranbrook Edison House (View 4)
Handwoven Drawing with wood, cotton, lurex, acrylic, and ink
7'x 4' x 18"
2021
Cranbrook Edison House (View 5)
Handwoven Drawing with wood, cotton, lurex, acrylic, and ink
4' x 7' x 18"
2021
Cranbrook Edison House (detail 3)
Handwoven Drawing with wood, cotton, lurex, acrylic, and ink
7' x 4' x 18"
2021
Everyday Psychologies: M,T,W,R (View 1)
Handwoven Drawing with wood, sulky, lurex, acrylic, and ink
12" x 18" x 10"
2021
Everyday Psychologies: M,T,W,R (View 2)
Handwoven Drawing with wood, sulky, lurex, acrylic, and ink
12" x 18" x 10"
2021
Everyday Psychologies: M,T,W,R (View 3)
Handwoven Drawing with wood, sulky, lurex, acrylic, and ink
12" x 18" x 10"
2021
Everyday Psychologies: M,T,W,R (detail)
Handwoven Drawing with wood, sulky, lurex, acrylic, and ink
12" x 18" x 10"
2021
Sunland Baobab (View 1)
Handwoven Drawing with wood, sulky, metallic hemp, acrylic, and ink
4" x 18" x 8"
2021
Sunland Baobab (View 2)
Handwoven Drawing with wood, sulky, metallic hemp, acrylic, and ink
4" x 18" x 8"
2021
Sunland Baobab (View 3)
Handwoven Drawing with wood, sulky, metallic hemp, acrylic, and ink
4" x 18" x 8"
2021
Old Methuselah View 1
Handwoven Drawing with wood, sulky, lurex, acrylic, and ink
8" x 12" x variable
2022
Old Methuselah View 2
Handwoven Drawing with wood, sulky, lurex, acrylic, and ink
8" x 12" x variable
2022
Old Methuselah (detail)
Handwoven Drawing with wood, sulky, lurex, acrylic, and ink
8" x 12" x variable
2022
Sheridan Street View 1
Handwoven Drawing with wood, sulky, lurex, silverpoint, acrylic, and ink
4" x 8" x variable
2022
Sheridan Street View 2
Handwoven Drawing with wood, sulky, lurex, silverpoint, acrylic, and ink
4" x 8" x variable
2022
Sheridan Street (detail)
Handwoven Drawing with wood, sulky, lurex, silverpoint, acrylic, and ink
4" x 8" x variable
2022
Sunshock
Handwoven Drawing with wood, cotton, acrylic, and ink
24" x 36"
2021
Belle Isle Central Ave
Handwoven Drawing with wood, cotton, acrylic, and ink
24" x 36"
2021
Belle Isle Central Ave (detail)
Handwoven Drawing with wood, cotton, acrylic, and ink
24" x 36"
2021
Belle Isle Central Ave (detail)
Handwoven Drawing with wood, cotton, acrylic, and ink
24" x 36"
2021
Belle Isle Central Ave (detail)
Handwoven Drawing with wood, cotton, acrylic, and ink
24" x 36"
2021
Belle Isle Tacoma Lake
Handwoven Drawing with wood, cotton, acrylic, mica, and ink
24" x 36"
2020
Belle Isle Tacoma Lake (detail)
Handwoven Drawing with wood, cotton, acrylic, mica, and ink
24" x 36"
2021
Belle Isle Tacoma Lake (detail)
Handwoven Drawing with wood, cotton, acrylic, mica, and ink
24" x 36"
2021
Belle Isle Tacoma Lake (detail)
Handwoven Drawing with wood, cotton, acrylic, mica, and ink
24" x 36"
2021
Belle Isle Tacoma Lake (detail)
Handwoven Drawing with wood, cotton, acrylic, mica, and ink
24" x 36"
2021
Belle Isle Willow
Handwoven Drawing with wood, cotton, acrylic, ink, and inkjet print
8" x 12"
2021
Belle Isle Willow (detail)
Handwoven Drawing with wood, cotton, acrylic, ink, and inkjet print
8" x 12"
2021
Moments of Mitosis
Handwoven Drawing with wood, cotton, acrylic, silverpoint, and ink
88" x 36"
2018
Moments of Mitosis (detail)
Handwoven Drawing with wood, cotton, acrylic, silverpoint, and ink
88" x 36"
2018
Rouge
Handwoven Drawing with wood, cotton, acyrlic, ink, and inkjet print
4' x 6'
2016
Rouge (detail)
Handwoven Drawing with wood, cotton, acyrlic, ink, and inkjet print
4' x 6'
2016
The Strand
Handwoven Drawing with wood, cotton, acyrlic, ink, and inkjet print
4' x 3'
2018
The Strand (detail)
Handwoven Drawing with wood, cotton, acyrlic, ink, and inkjet print
4' x 3'
2018
Charest
Handwoven Drawing with wood, cotton, acyrlic, ink, vinyl, and styrene
4' x 3'
2016
Oakway
Handwoven Drawing with wood, cotton, acyrlic, graphite, and ink
24" x 33"
2018
Oakway (detail)
Handwoven Drawing with wood, cotton, acrylic, graphite, and ink
24" x 33"
2018
Lahser
Handwoven Drawing with wood, cotton, acrylic, graphite and ink
2' x 3'
2017
US HWY 50
Handwoven Drawing with wood, cotton, acrylic and ink
8" x 10"
2017
Tamarack Hill
Handwoven Drawing with wood, cotton, acrylic, and ink
8" x 10"
2018
Haystack
Handwoven Drawing with wood, cotton, acrylic and ink
8" x 10"
2019
Pine Way
Handwoven Drawing with wood, cotton, acrylic, vinyl, and ink
12" x 20"
2016
Lakeside Drive
Handwoven Drawing with wood, cotton, acrylic, ink, and inkjet print
12" x 23"
2018
Lakeside Drive (detail)
Handwoven Drawing with wood, cotton, acrylic, ink, and inkjet print
12" x 23"
2018
Tamarack
Handwoven Drawing with wood, cotton, acrylic, and ink
4' x 6'
2015
Tamarack (detail)
Handwoven Drawing with wood, cotton, acrylic, and ink
4' x 6'
2015
Vaughn
Handwoven Drawing with wood, cotton, acrylic, and ink
2017
Vaughn (detail)
Handwoven Drawing with wood, cotton, acrylic, and ink
2017

What tuned me into trees as an inspirational force is the abandoned and ruined homes in my routine environment around Detroit and its suburbs. One of the tell-tale signs of an abandonment is not necessarily the decrepit house, but the foliage around the house that is taking over. Plants are powerful destroyers of homes. In my imagination, this unabashed growth became creatures feeding on family failure and crisis.

So I draw trees in contour, so their shapes are flattened and animated. I mirror them creating Rorschacht-like imagery. Each tree is specific, and the titles reference their location. I locate the psychology, the beauty, and the crisis. The trees pay homage to the circumstance with its powerful presence. They are true to the chances of their time and place. By personifying trees, I recognize them as forces in the urban landscape.

The handwoven drawings are created in three phases. First, I draw on slats of soft wood. Then, I hand-cut the slats into even thinner strips. In order, each strip is woven into the warp on a floor loom. Essentially, the drawing is cut apart then re-assembled within the structure of interlacing threads. Finally, I manipulate the surface of the weaving.