Negus the dragon

Negus the dragon

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Artist's statement

  I am an artist with a variety of interests; painting, knitting, quilting, bead-work, and jewelry, fusing glass, and making sculptures. I am most passionate about printmaking and working with clay. I build teapots: some of my teapots are simple and functional. Others are detailed and sculptural. They are described as, beautiful, wacky, elegant, and whimsical. They each are unique. My printmaking is mostly reduction style block prints cut from linoleum blocks, but I also enjoy creating silk screen prints as well as etchings and dry point engravings when a press is available for me to work with.  
  My other interests include art history and women’s studies. Art history gives a view into cultures of the past and helps the artist understand the origins and futures in the art world. Art history inspires me to see my work in context. I believe that women’s studies are vital for women artisans; personally, politically and socially. The history of women and the progress of the women’s movement along with the issues women continue to face, inform my artwork and the work of my peers.
  My spiritual life leads me to study the Goddess myth which inspires my artwork. Building ceramics is spiritual; it enables me to connect with nature. Here, the four elements enter; earth in the form of clay, water  to soften it, air to dry green ware and fire to harden. Inspired by the natural world and mythology I continue to use these themes in my art.
   I graduated in December 2003 with a Bachelor of fine art degree from Humboldt State University. I have been teaching art for art centers and art museums for 7 years. I have worked with all ages of art students, ranging as young as 3 years old and as old as 83. Most of my teaching experience is with elementary and middle school age young people. I am passionate about teaching and sharing my love of the arts with others. I want to offer my students more; a good teacher is never finished learning. Teachers are the ones who've influenced my life most dramatically. I strive for a similar affect on my students.
  Lately, I teach a bit less often than I used to because my time has been taken up by my most important and most rewarding job, being mom to a beautiful and amazing toddler boy.
 I am so blessed.

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