Artistic Statement

Artistic Statement

I am in my sixties and have had a rich life. I survived childhood trauma and I live with the constant pain and exhaustion of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. I taught in a bush village in West Africa. I married another artist and raised two daughters through financial, artistic and health challenges. My work as a teacher has introduced me to people of all ages and walks of life. I have developed empathy and a sense of social justice, and as an artist I believe it is my duty to open windows into worlds of personal struggle and guide the audience to understanding. Equally important, I want to entertain, jar, invite laughter. I feel artists are the true prophets, and it is through the arts we can find our humanity and plant the seeds of change. I believe elder artists have the greatest responsibility of all because we hold a mature vision. We must continue to work as we face the indignities of failing health for our audiences need our voices. As an elder woman, I feel I have special abilities to connect and empathize, and I believe it is time for women to be appreciated for their powerful gifts, their particular ability to capture the voices of the downtrodden. It is imperative we are heard.