Wisdom

June 28, 2015

Wisdom, multiple plate etching, 12" x 9", 2013

Wisdom, multiple plate etching, 12″ x 9″, 2013

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St. Clare

St. Clare of Assisi, multiple plate etching, 12" x 9", 2015

St. Clare of Assisi, multiple plate etching, 12″ x 9″, 2015

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St. Francis

St. Francis of Assisi, multiple plate etching, 12" x 9" 2015

St. Francis of Assisi, multiple plate etching, 12″ x 9″ 2015

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Rapunzel

June 14, 2015

rapunzel

Rapunzel, multiple plate etching, 9″ x 6″, 2010

A theme in my work is making the best of a bad situation, rather than giving up or giving in when faced with insurmountable odds. In this case, Rapunzel is not passively waiting for someone to come and rescue her. Rather, she has creatively taken the initiative. She has worked out that escape from her tower is not possible, at least not at this time. She has realized, though, that there is nothing keeping the tower rooted to one place. With a little clever engineering, she has changed the terms of her imprisonment in her own favor. She is still trapped to some extent, yet mobile and with her hair flowing free (rather than being tugged taut by someone hanging off of it).

A bad situation does not necessarily present a binary choice between staying in the situation (a bad job, an abusive relationship, a difficult existence) and escaping the situation completely. Take a step away from the “badness” (or “goodness”) of the situation and just accept it as the hand you have been dealt in life. Getting rid of the situation (getting rescued from the tower in this case) may mean missing out on the greater opportunities the problem presents in favor of taking the easier or less painful route. Embracing the situation, on the other hand, will be more difficult in the short run but make your life richer in the longer term.

This is NOT the same as saying people should just accept their bad situations. No one should stay in an abusive relationship. No one should just accept an oppressive circumstance. However, you should also not just escape in a way that make you recreate the relationship or dynamic anew in a different situation, nor ignore the strengths that may grow from the challenges you faced. The situation arose because of a problem, or a tangle of problems. Push through those problems instead of trying to around or away from them.

Make your tower mobile.

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St. Joseph

February 03, 2015

St. Joseph, 12" x 9", multiple plate etching, 2015

St. Joseph, 12″ x 9″, multiple plate etching, 2015

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Teresa de Avila

Teresa de Avila, 12" x 9", multiple plate etching, 2015

Teresa de Avila, 12″ x 9″, multiple plate etching, 2015

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Santa Lucia

January 23, 2015

Santa Lucia, multiple plate etching, 12" x 9", 2015

Santa Lucia, multiple plate etching, 12″ x 9″, 2015

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Entrust

January 22, 2015

Entrust

Entrust, multiple plate etching,12″ x 9″, 2013

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Companions

Companions, 5.5" x 4", multiple plate etching

Companions
, 5.5″ x 4″, multiple plate etching

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Progeny

Progeny5.5" x 4", multiple plate etching

Progeny
5.5″ x 4″, multiple plate etching

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St. Brendan

January 14, 2015

st brendan

St. Brendan, multiple plate etching, 12″ x 9″, 2015

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St Sebastian

St. Sebastian, multiple plate etching, 12" x 9", 2015

St. Sebastian, multiple plate etching, 12″ x 9″, 2015

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Observer II

Observer II, multiple plate etching, 9" x 6", 2014

Observer II, multiple plate etching, 9″ x 6″, 2014

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Data Collector II

Data Collector, multiple plate etching, 9" x 6", 2014

Data Collector, multiple plate etching, 9″ x 6″, 2014

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Surveyors II

surveyors 2

Surveyors II, multiple plate etching with hand coloring, 9″ x 6″, 2014

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Aerial Reconnaissance

November 16, 2014

"Aerial Reconnaissance", 24" x 18", 2014

“Aerial Reconnaissance”, 24″ x 18″, 2014

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Massmänner

October 25, 2014

Massmänner, multiple plate etching, 16" x 12", 2014

Massmänner, multiple plate etching, 16″ x 12″, 2014

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Sky an Oar

October 18, 2014

Sky an Oar multiple plate etching, 12" x 9", 2014

Sky an Oar
multiple plate etching, 12″ x 9″, 2014

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Container

Container, multiple plate etching, 9" x 6", 2012

Container, multiple plate etching, 9″ x 6″, 2012

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Hippocampus Militantis

October 17, 2014

Seahorse in a Tank!

Hippocampus Militantis
multiple plate etching, 16″ x 12″, 2014

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