Venereal Narratives and Other Catchy Tales
The Narrative series came about after having the sex talk with my son. After stressing the importance of safe sex (years down the line, of course), I started thinking more and more about STDs, the ones that have been around for centuries and the newer threats like HIV/AIDS. These mixed-media collages represent romantic couples where one or both participants have syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, etc. I provide the viewer with the names of the lovers and the disease, they provide the story.
As the big sister of someone with Down Syndrome, I have spent much of my life anticipating more genetic deviations, random diseases, epidemics and pandemics (see also the collages about zoonoses - diseases, like avian flu, transmitted from animals to humans). I must make work about these things, attempting to make them more beautiful and palatable. If I don't, I feel that my mind may spin and spin and tangle in on itself with dread and worry.