The imposing eight foot deer in "My Dearest Deer" is an art quilt that draws viewers in close to a world of my making, one that is sumptuously tactile, and puts nature into a position of overwhelming importance.
Recycled, vintage textile, acrylic paint, dye, thread, fabric, vintage fabrics66" X 80" X 3"
Father, Son and Holy Ghost feature a few of the deer that graze on my riverfront property. The reference to Catholicism is intentional; the gorgeous tapestries I stared at while in church during my childhood helped pass boring times there, and provided rich fantasies that whisked me away. In addition, as a vegetarian, I seek to protect animals from human predation. We call our farm land "The Safe Zone" and these deer are protected here.
Reclaimed vintage textiles, thread, dyes, mixed media69" X 48" X 2"
Probity & Poison features the deadly, invasive hogweed that is now endemic to my sweet, little island. It likes to pose as a pretty, little flower, but can cause blindness and burning of the skin. As with most of my works, there is often a double entendre meaning that relates something occurring in nature, to human behavior.
Vinyl, fabric, thread, dye, acrylic paint77" X 61"
Serendipity led my husband and I back to my home country Canada in 2020 after decades living in the U.S. and abroad, to a 97 year old farmhouse on Howe Island, near Kingston. The twinkling St. Lawrence River outside our door, deer, coyote, fox, birds, and quiet peace of this lovely land and water, were healing after the tumult of the political situation in the U.S., and a pandemic. Nature never ceases to heal in times of trouble, and it is to nature that Rich turns for her subject matter. Two coyote like to grandly occupy the hill outside my door, surveying the expanse for the beautiful, white-tailed deer that trek across my property. This is not a statement merely about the challenges of survival in the animal world, but also about the difficulties humans face.
Fosshape, resin, mixed media, thread, recycled detritus, acrylic, microbeads, flocking powder, fabricsVariable. This view 15' X 12' X 24'
aftermath *period immediately after a usually ruinous event, i.e. in the aftermath of war in the pink *in very good health and spirits. *blooming, flourishing, thriving, vigorous, strong, lusty, robust, fit, in excellent shape There are some of us who are survivors. Throw one catastrophe after another at us, and still we persist. Life has tossed many medical challenges at me, most recently, severe facial Melanoma. American author and motivational speaker Regina Brett said, “When you hear the word 'cancer,' it's as if someone took the game of Life and tossed it in the air. All the pieces go flying. The pieces land on a new board. Everything has shifted. You don't know where to start.” In between surgeries and recovery, I relied on getting into the studio to work as my healing force.
Chinoiserie, fabrics, thread, dyes, batting, canvas, digital image transfers from artist original photo58” X 72” X 3”
A Glorious Requiem For Beasts and Souls was born of my desire to create a fantasy surrounding that exaggerates the stunning beauty of the world of nature that I find so comforting, a place in which to hide during this challenging time to be human. On the surface it is a ‘pretty’ show. The inhabitants of this saccharine art world are real and hyper-real animals, insects, and plant-life. However, these creatures have also unnaturally morphed and in some cases, have subsumed humans, turning them into hybrids I dubbed ‘Humanimals’. During these tumultuous days when human extinction seems probably imminent I find myself mulling over The Singularity, a belief based partly on science and partly on speculation that posits that humans will transcend biology, cease to exist in physical form, and their human consciousness downloaded. Nothing will inhabit a physical form should this happen. Things are out of whack.