The wide-open experience of Wyoming, a piece of weathered wood or discarded leather: they are my inspiration. Repurposing, distressing, or dying are possibilities for my “Glove People” or masks, and also affect my handmade paper creations.My art is never static, evolving away from pottery and stained glass to very small watercolor landscapes, and now, “Glove People.” Northwest Coast and Plains Indian art influence my masks and Glove People that are ethnic and gender-neutral. The viewer makes the determination. The bodies tell me about what embellishments (or lack thereof) they require. Mary Back was my art teacher in Dubois, and I followed in her footsteps. My MFA project at the University of Wyoming in 1988 was a small book, “The Wishing Well,” printed on a 100 year-old press and on handmade cottonwood paper, with wood- block illustrations and bound in buckskin. A dance production based on the book was performed at the University’s Theatre and Dance Department that same year.
Image: Glove People