Saturday, October 13, 2012


Meditation IV: collage on paper
scrim |skrim|
• a piece of gauze cloth that appears opaque until lit from behind, used as a screen or backdrop.

• a thing that conceals or obscures something: a thin scrim of fog covered the island.

It was when I first started teaching junior high that I became gut-wrenchingly aware of the scrims that kids create to make it through their days. That was more than 30 years ago. Since then I’ve realized that it’s not only adolescents who protect themselves behind a self-manufactured curtain; we all do this, some more than others.

Are you aware of the scrims the people in your life create?
How do you get behind them? What are the scrims that you erect -- and more importantly, why?

My new series of multi-layered collages deals with this question. The work will be ready in time for the Northrup King Building’s 15th Art Attack on November 2, 3 and 4. Over 200 artists working in nearly every art medium open their studios for this weekend long event. The event is free, and so is the parking. For more info go to

No comments: