“You Can Have the Blue Pill or the Red Pill, and We’re Out of Blue Pills”
That was the title of a recent article co-authored by my hero Yuval Noah Harari warning of the dangers of artificial intelligence. Harari draws a picture of human history driven by story in his must read best seller Sapiens. He draws a picture of an AI future where stories are turned into weapons of mass destruction.
As a Jehovah’s witness I grew up with a hum dinger of a story. This left me with a lifelong longing to escape from stories. Which is, of course, impossible. I tried physics. Then art.
Playing with illusion is my way of unraveling stories. I love the nether realm between one possibility and another; the hover between meanings; the contradictions. Looking back on all of what I know of the universe and human relations leaves me hopelessly baffled and thwarted. I wail of that wall of limitation. And celebrate. With open arms.
I graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz and then went on for an MFA in painting from the University of Pennsylvania I later earned a second MFA from the University of Maryland in digital media. My paintings were included in the Corcoran Museum's biannual survey of American painting in1993. Around that time I began to explore video installation together with Gillian Brown. In 1999 we were awarded a fellowship from Harvard University, where we worked for a year on a technically and conceptually complex interactive video installation, Turnaround Time. My formal art career ended in 2008 when my husband was severely brain damaged. The next 13+ years were given to caregiving, first for my husband and then my mother. I never stopped working on my art but I did stop showing. Now I’m back. Working full time and ready to boogie.