Curing Cancer: On the Road – Inspired by Max Maffia (2013)

Silk, cotton, cotton thread and floss 19.5”x15”
Silk, cotton, cotton thread and floss 19.5”x15”

Inspiration: Max Maffia “On the Road.” 2005. Anywhere in the World! Daybox  Records.  | Length: 3:12; Musical Genre: Ambient Guitar

A few years ago when I underwent radiation treatments as part of my journey with cancer, I created a sound track on my iPod to support my healing.  This image is the sound of a single harmonic guitar chord that I visualized as cutting a slice off my tumor and making that slice explode and disappear with the radiation treatments. In October 2013, I had the greatest pleasure to finally meet the composer/guitarist, Max Maffia in his beautiful home city of Salerno, Italy. I cherish the memory of the concert Max organized in my honor, in a Salerno art gallery with his entire band, and 50 of his dearest family and friends. I finally got to hear a live version of the song that supported my healing. 

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Autobiography of a Sybarite (2012)

Silk, linen, cotton, cotton thread and floss, cotton-polyester thread and floss, metallic thread and floss 12.5”x11.75”
Silk, linen, cotton, cotton thread and floss, cotton-polyester thread and floss, metallic thread and floss 12.5”x11.75”

I finally am a sybarite: I want all of my senses turned on, tuned up, fed, and watered as often as possible.  The various sections of the piece represent my different senses, lit up and happily responding to the universe into which I have been born. I am so happy I was born a synesthete!!!

Du Hast – Inspired by Rammstein (2014)

Inspiration: Rammstein. “Du Hast.” 1997. Sehnsucht. Motor Music | Length: 3:55 minutes; Musical Genre: German Industrial
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Inspiration: Rammstein. “Du Hast.” 1997. Sehnsucht. Motor Music  |  Length: 3:55 minutes; Musical Genre: German Industrial

Upon the first listen to Du Hast by Rammstein, I was captivated by the contrasting textures.  My piece “reads” left to right: the zinging sounds start the song, the big curvy semi circles represent the big guitars, and the yelling rough voice is the pink circle.

Winter Solstice (2012)

Silk, cotton, cotton-polyester blend, metallic thread, cotton floss 12.75”x12.5”
Silk, cotton, cotton-polyester blend, metallic thread, cotton floss 12.75”x12.5”

For me, the year actually begins with the winter solstice, not January the first.  Imagine a line drawn vertically through the center of this piece; on the left side are actions begun the previous year, only some of which carry through to the next year, as represented on the right.  Not everything that is begun will come to fruition.

Sound & Sense Responses of a Synesthete