Artist Statement

Artist Statement

No matter how hard I fight the impulse, I am compelled to make art from my life. In 1973 I moved to Los Angeles, 3,000 miles from home, to be part of the feminist art movement. Ever since, my work has confronted traditional female roles through any means necessary – video art, performance, photography, agitprop, memoir, and personal documentaries. I mix and blur genres – autobiography, documentary and ethnography – to create dramatic and poetic narratives out the everyday.

For the last twenty years filmmaking was the medium, where I could bend, stretch, and weave together the threads of my background. “Driving Men” (2008), a feature length personal documentary, embraces the motivations that run through my body of work: sex, desire, loss, family, and the twisted threads of identity.

“A Daughter’s Survival Index”, a work in progress, investigates creativity, modernism, and female identity, through the mother/daughter bond. Drawing upon photography and interior décor, this interdisciplinary project, underlines the domestic environment as a source and site of imagination.