While currently working as a visual artist, I was a theater artist for many years. My plays examined the conflict between myself as an outsider and my connection to history. For example, in my trilogy of one-woman plays, “Growing Up Queer in America”, I used Dante’s “Divine Comedy” as a frame for the character to find and understand her place in a hostile world.
I toured "Growing Up Queer" throughout Minnesota and the United States, including NYC, Baltimore, Washington DC, with extended runs in Los Angeles and Seattle, For those plays, I received a Bush Artist Fellowship, a Jerome Foundation grant, and two Minnesota State Arts Board grants. I was a core writer at the Playwright’s Center in Minneapolis for many years.
I was an ELL teacher for the Minneapolis Public School Adult Ed Program for 12 years. The people I met and the work we did together helps inform my visual arts practice.
In 1990, at the request of performance curator, John Killacky, I created and curated the first three years of Dyke Nite at the Walker Art Center as a way to address the lack of a lesbian presence during Gay Pride Week. Dyke Night continued as a yearly event curated by Eleanor Savage until 2005.
The tools of visual art are different from those of theater, but my impulse remains the same: to find out how we as outsiders--women, queers, feminists--can find our place in the world and in history, and to express it in as dynamic a way as possible.
As a self-taught artist, I have spent the last 14 years actively engaged in relearning how and why to put color, image, and line together.