Artists, like children, use play in a deep way to make sense of their worlds.
“Conversation With My 13 Year Old Self (with thanks to Pink)”, “Finding Frozen Charlotte”, “A Summer Meadow”, and “Hare In A Magic Circle” utilize blue Spode plates, their idealized rural scenes splintered and reconstructed. The shards in each center around a porcelain figure who is caught in a dream or remembered pastlandscape. The found objects surrounding them are playthings and reminders of a girl’s inner life as she imagines while arranging them, perhaps under a long ago lilac bush where remains of an afternoon tea party took place and playthings were lost to the leaves and loam of the garden and her growing up and forgetting.
The pieces serve as bridges to past wondering and talismans to unlock memory.