Luminosity is essential to my work. Over the years, I have created minimalist landscape paintings, abstract meditative compositions, views of New York's buildings, streets and gardens as well as sculptures, prints and drawings.
My Libretto works feature multiple layers of lines, each drawn and painted by hand onto shimmering gold and metal leafed canvasses. Etched into wet transparent paint, these lines allow the intensive glow and energy of the underlying gold and metal to reflect outwards through the paint. The gently undulating variations and linear rhythms of the lines create a sensation of calm. Merging reading, writing and painting, these works invite contemplative looking over time comparable to listening to a musical score.
My ongoing Confinement Gardens series developed during the Covid 19 pandemic. As the virus was surging in New York, I sought relief from the lockdown restrictions by walking through the city’s public parks and gardens. Witnessing the powerful emergence of waves of flowers during the spring blooming, I felt so hopeful despite everything. Impressions of my garden walks emerged in my usually nonfigurative Libretto compositions, and I began adding floral and leaf forms to my abstract linear patterns.
Working in sculpture, my recent Timber series translates some of these explorations into three dimensions. The lines I carve are in dialogue with the grain of the wood. Carving around the knots, leaving the internal branches intact I apply genuine gold leaf to the ends.
Born in Paris to Canadian parents, I grew up in Quebec City, and earned an MFA at Concordia University in Montreal, before moving to New York City, where I continue to work in my Harlem studio.