I graduated from Brandeis University with
a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art in 1994,
and a Post-Baccalaureate degree in Studio Art
in 1995. I received a Master of Arts in Teaching from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1996.
I have been teaching art at Shrewsbury High School ever since. While teaching, I try to create and exhibit my own artwork as much as possible and continue to take classes whenever I can.

For many years, my artwork was inspired by art from other cultures. I began that type of work while I was researching African masks at the Rhode Island School of Design in 1995. I became fascinated with the shapes and patterns in African art. I used them in my work, layering them on top of one another in paintings and prints.



Soon after that, I took several trips to Asia on which I photographed and collected images to incorporate in my work. I did a series of lithographs, which were mostly inspired by a trip I took to Hong Kong in 1998. These pieces, like the ones inspired by African art, continue to be about layering images and seeing through parts of these layers. The first five pieces began with collages using transparencies and tracing paper with Xeroxes of my photographs, maps, drawings, and Chinese and Japanese characters. I also included photocopies of several objects I brought back, such as a Chinese coin and Chinese fabric. The last three images were created entirely on the computer, using the layering tools
in Adobe Photoshop. All eight images were then made into lithographs. Although most of the images and characters are Chinese, the series ends with a Buddha from Indonesia, inspired by a trip I took there in 1999. I also did a number of mixed media pieces based on the Buddha. These pieces incorporate collage, painting, and printmaking.

The show “Life Journeys” starts with the Buddha pieces inspired by my travels. Following them are two assemblages that reflect the changes in both my life and artwork. They both use maps to symbolize my travels juxtaposed with symbols for my desire to settle down. “Biological Clock” uses clock parts, bird’s eggs, windows and a white picket fence to represent this shift. The summer before my wedding, the tree became a strong symbol in my work. Together, my husband and I designed and I sewed our chuppah, the covering used in a Jewish wedding. We used two intertwining trees to symbolize our intertwining lives. The tree became a part of many pieces, such as “Ani l’dodi, v’dodi li”, which translates to “I am my beloveds, and my beloved is mine.” This piece contains the words from our ketubah, our Jewish wedding contract. At the same time I was creating pieces about love, I was creating pieces about loss. I did many pieces of artwork to deal with my father's battle with Diabetes.
I created mixed media pieces in my sketchbook, an installation, and several digital images about his legs being amputated, as well as the heart and kidney disease that are complications of Diabetes. My wedding was soon followed by my father’s passing. My artwork was my way of dealing with my feelings associated with both. “Shiva” is in memory of my father, combining objects related to the Jewish tradition of sitting Shiva with objects that I have to remember him by.

And now that I have children of my own, my artwork turns from the previous generation to the next. “Late Talker” depicts my two-year old son under a magnifying glass, surrounded by tape measures and clocks. This piece expresses the worry I felt when he wasn’t yet talking. Most recently, I have created a series I call “Multiplicity.” The series began with “Playtime,” which combines 14 different pictures of my son playing with different toys. I wanted to convey the sometimes overwhelming feelings of being a mother to a very active toddler. A year later, I created similar images of him playing in both his bedroom and in the backyard. I tried to capture both his energy and personality. I also created several pieces about my baby daughter. In “Rebecca’s Room,” I stepped into the pictures with the help of my husband, Aaron Fox, who is a graphic designer and photographer. This piece reflects the joys of having a baby and the activity of her new mobility. The challenge of these pieces is to create a sense of depth and make the figures appear as if they really coexist in one space.

 

“Life Journeys” follows my life over the past 14 years. As I have traveled the world and come back to make a home and a family, my artwork has reflected this. As I turn from the loss of a father to the gain of a husband and children, my artwork reflects those losses and gains. My artwork will be forever be changing with my life.