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Hope (The Guiding Light)

Highlighting the plight of refugees using two Tarot cards. The sadness inspired by the hunched figure of the Six of Swords is balanced out by the Hermit, who holds a source of light, here symbolizing the possibility of a brighter future. The cards are placed against scrapbook paper showing faded maps to indicate the problem exists worldwide. A necklace I previously designed is set against a ribbon and represents the ocean over which the refugees hope to escape. The yellows and blues of the scene are reflected in the necklace segment made with citrine, Murano glass and freshwater pearls. Below the surface, swims a multi-colored fish from a Williams Sonoma plate, representing the possible dangers on this sea voyage.

Custom framed with museum glass in a sophisticated deep wooden frame in collaboration with Chevy Chase Art Gallery, Washington, DC.

Frame color: Gold

Size (in inches): 13.75 x 13.50 x 4


Though many designs appear simple, each work in fact takes several months to create. The final version is rarely the one initially envisioned; the laws of gravity force numerous adjustments. Execution involves a multitude of skills, some of which are acquired specifically to achieve the desired artistic result. In fact, it took several years of experimenting before I even hit upon a technique for creating assemblages. 

The framing process is itself a component of the work, both conceptually and artistically. Though the frame is clean and modern in appearance, the framing process is not as simple as it seems. The determination whether to create a "room" (as with Born Free) or an intimate atmosphere (as with What Price Silence) is in fact part of the artistic process.  

Works are custom framed to provide sufficient depth to accomplish my artistic goals as well as to support the weight of the work (often 40-60 pounds). The 4-inch deep decorative wooden frame curves outward to bring the work closer to the viewer.  

As many designs are supported by the base as well as the backing, the framing process can be tricky. It took several months of experimentation to determine how to create a work that it was practical to frame. The glass protects the work from damaged caused by dust and dusting.

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