“The institutions of human society treat us as parts of a machine. They assign us ranks and place considerable pressure upon us to fulfill defined roles. We need something to help us restore our lost and distorted humanity. Each of us has feelings that have been suppressed and have built up inside. There is a voiceless cry resting in the depths of our souls, waiting for expression. Art gives the soul’s feelings voice and form.” – Poet Laureate of Japan, Daisaku Ikeda.
This quote has always resonated with me. Through a few simple sentences it expresses the reasons why I create art. The feelings I have inside, my stories and experiences, need to be released with art. Whether creating portraits, landscapes, or more allegorical work, with each piece I try and give ‘voice and form’ to the work. Creating work on wood has an unpredictability to it that reminds me of life; best laid plans never go exactly as you wish.Being a woman in the art world and trying to express female stories to me is a revolutionary act. I hope spark conversation if not controversy in continuing to create works of art thought my life supporting, highlighting, and expressing the stories and issues women of all backgrounds face in our world.
Red is an artist located in Manhattan. She creates art on wood by either using ink or burning it. She enjoys the unpredictability of working on raw wood. Using her background in film she likes to try and create an allegorical feel to her work. In addition she tries to share stories form the world around her. Lately, she has begun a project to document women from history that make an impact in their field and the world consisting of 156 women so far with the goal to get to 1,000. In 2017 she worked on her first public art piece in conjunction with Sing for Hope and the New York City Parks service. She has shown in Los Angeles and New York and is a member of the National Association of Women Artists.