Extrusion Paintings > Love is for Today, Programs are for Tomorrow

Garden I
Bath towel, fiberglass screening, acrylic, pumice, and sand
21" x 35"
2018
Compassionate Resolution
Bath towel, fiberglass screening, spackling paste and acrylic
20" x 32"
2018
Concrete Countenance
Hand towel, drawer liner, spackling paste, acrylic and watercolor
17" x 12"
2018
Always Enough
Bath towel, PVC mesh, spackling paste and acrylic
20" x 36"
2018
Writing Gospel
Hand towel, rug pad, spackling paste and wood glue
25" x 28" (diptych)
2018
Economy of Generosity
Wash cloth, linen, acrylic
9" x 11"
2018
The Fourth Station
Bath towel, drawer liner, resin
18" x 35"
2018
Shelter Store
Dish cloth, drawer liner and acrylic
14" x 12"
2018
Love Like a Ballroom
Bath towel, rug pad, acrylic, wood glue and gouache
50" x 34"
2018
I Will Give Them Fish
Bath towel, burlap and resin
20" x 20"
2018
Do One Thing
Wash cloth, linen and spackling paste
10" x 10"
2018
Tending Spaces
Dish towel, fiberglass screening and acrylic medium
11" x 19"
2018
Commensurate Progress
Hand towel, fiberglass screening, spackling paste, acrylic and watercolor
13" x 19"
2018
Abundance for Their Lack
Bath towel, rug pad, spackling paste and acrylic
34" x 19"
2018
Interior Resources
Bath towel, fiberglass screening, spackling paste and wood filler
48" x 28"
2018
Secret Pavilion
Hand towel, fiberglass screening, spackling paste and wood glue
20" x 14"
2018
Prospering Ground
Hand towel, linen, spackling paste and acrylic
15" x 20"
2018
Garden II
Bath towel, fiberglass screening, acrylic and pumice
35" x 21"
2018

Love is for Today, Programs are For Tomorrow is a series of paintings which employ my extrusion processes on substrates of household towels that envision spaces for the homeless. Stirred by Mother Teresa’s recently published writings in “A Call to Mercy: Hearts to Love, Hands to Serve,” these paintings invite us to contemplate how compassion can exist within our complex contemporary times.

Towels express tangible acts of caring– they touch bodies and scrub floors. Their humility and service know no bounds. In these paintings, their terry cloth textures, prints and embossments inspire an expanded repertoire of material rhymes. Household repair items such as spackling paste and wood filler are extruded through gridded substrates and sewn into the towels. My four years of work with the extrusion process culminate in a visceral yet delicate display of constructed textures which map the imagined floor-plans of interior spaces. Each of these gestures is an invocation that those literally marginalized to our sidewalks and streets will be invited back inside.

Mother Teresa’s actions were practical and immediate. She encouraged programs but knew her role was to simply do now. She said, “Love is for Today, Programs are for Tomorrow.”