Hold Me Tender is an on-going project that started in the spring of 2023 addressing the immigration crisis-immigrants traveling on flimsy boats that capsized in the sea. I envisioned branches of birch trees reaching out and holding these boats tenderly and saving them. There are about 20 sketches in this project.
After recieving a grant from MassCulture, I decided to attend a residency with Sue Muldoon studying the art of traditional basketry. This image shows the culmination of my week of work.
On June 3rd and 4th, I attend a delightful workshop in willow basketry weaving with Isabel McGrava.
On 15 th June 2023, John Sansoucy from Sansoucy Stones gave me the OK to work on the stone statues on
his property. I started with the Easter Island man.
My second project was Buddha using random weaving technique. To submit the statue to a show, I
decided to create a lotus flower and seat him in the middle. And created another sculpture of a
protective alcove and he’s in the center.
All baskets are available to order.
The A3 Gallery in Amherst is currently displaying these last three pieces: Secrets of the sea I & II and 9-5