presentations + talks
Patchwork and Poetry: Juxtaposition and the Art of Making Sense
In this Pecha Kucha presentation, I offer insights gleaned from more than 30 years experience as an improvisational patchwork artist, as I unpack how my fascination with putting pieces together is a really a love of emerging forms. I share images of my work, and move fluidly between poetry and text, as I explore making as a way of making sense. Beyond a mere artist talk, this presentation is a call to collectively deepen our attention to the details of the world we are making together, so that we might also widen our attention to hold the all of us.
(10 minutes, with intro)
Thread Says Stay
In this artist talk, first given at my exhibit "Following the Thread" at The Gallery at WREN in May 2012, I discuss improvisational quilt-making as a way to work through grief and loss, and practice mindfulness in the midst of chaos.
(30 minutes, with trunk show)
Inviting Poetic Collaborations with Perception
First given at The Poetry Center, University of Arizona as part of Tucson Lit Press Fest in March 2011, this multi-media presentation is a performative plea to widen our circle of perception, as a means to engage poetically with everything we notice, and expand our capacity to respond to the world, both within and without.
Lean Dangerous Through the Space Where the Window Will Be:
Improvisation as a Life (Long) Practice
First given at the Follow the Passion Conference, hosted by NH State Council on the Arts and the Arts Alliance of Northern NH in May, 2010, this multi-media presentation includes selections of choreography, poetry, photography and quilt-making from a career spanning more than 25 years.