Sculpture: Steel, Velvet, 12”
“My life is a balancing act. I’ve sought hard, challenging environments and then jumped into soft reprieves, only to seek hardness again, followed by another longing for softness. After one year of college majoring in art, I joined the Marine Corps. Perhaps I was responding to the disappointment of leaving college by mastering the rigor and discipline of the military. It worked. I got tough. I was the first woman Marine to work in the brig at Camp Lejeune.
“Determined to soften, I jumped out of the Marine Corps, completed an advanced degree in clinical psychology and started a 35-year career in behavioral health. Now I’ve returned to art. My career and my own internal work have given me the vision for my current sculpture series. As a clinician, I’ve seen how people struggle to balance being hard enough to survive with being a compassionate, connected human being.
"My sculpture, ‘Steel Case Soft Center,’ represents an intimate and unavoidable internal process. This series depicts the development of the self as it relates to how we balance life’s softness and hardness. It combines hard, protective steel with soft, yielding fabric. Each is complimented and enhanced by the presence of the other.”