Born in 1969 , into a family of artists. I have lived all over the country. Now I have come full circle and I live where I was born; Sharon, Connecticut.
My life and work seems to come back to the end. In that I mean that I am always inspired by time and it’s contexts and textures which often feels counter-intuitive. In my work, I often use a photograph and what it represents as my starting point. It’s not that the photograph is not precious but it’s faceted environment around a moment and the fleeting, ever changing constant that I feel drawn to preserve. My work and I wrestle with perceptions of time. I feel a strange urgency about preserving and even enabling decay but with an intention of respect and without disregard. There is a mystery or unknown behind the beginning and the many ends. I can only get close to this mystery by balancing letting go with holding on.
I treat my pieces like a totemic attempt to honor the mystery and truth of time.
My work is my urgent exercise or exorcism where preserving occurs by creating space around something. Maybe it’s space to fall apart or crumble and ultimately transform. Whether we like it or not,
all stages are important in a process of evolution. The challenge is in the humility or freedom in that we really don’t know what is coming next.
Just as winter is a poignant reminder and need for transformation .
I offer these pieces, “Snow Girl” and “Winter’s Time” in the Winter Warmer show as two totems to time.
Winters Time- the concept inspiring this piece is time. The slow yet calculated sense of time that winter conjures . The line between preservation and decay . I am inspired by the story behind the layers . Layers of perception, moments captured and instantly changed and always changing .
This piece has it’s own life and the pieces that fall as it was made and as it changes are part of it, hence the broom and the pan.
Recto & Verso of “Winter’s Time”
Dustpan and Broom
Thank you Zelina for taking the time to write about you and your art work. One of the highlights of living in the Northwest Corner is that we get to experience seasons. This makes us very aware of the passing of time around us. It has been great to have a time influenced conceptual piece in our Winter Warmer show.
Please come see us 11-4pm Friday through Sunday during the month of February. We will be open Saturday and Sunday 11-5pm during March. We are happy to make appointments for private viewings as well.