genePool, detail of installation for Interior Particular (Jane Lackey), Meadow Brook Art Gallery, Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan, 2003

genePool 2, 1 (of 4), paint, ink, sheet cork, molded plywood, 32 x 91 x 6 inches each, 2002  

genePool 2, 1 (of 4), paint, ink, sheet cork, molded plywood, 32 x 91 x 6 inches each, 2002

 

      smear (3), paint, ink, sheet cork, molded plywood, 44.5 x 45 x 2 inches, 2000

      smear (3), paint, ink, sheet cork, molded plywood, 44.5 x 45 x 2 inches, 2000

smear (3), detail

smear (3), detail

scrape/swab (2), paint, ink, sheet cork, shaped plywood, 33 x 32 x 5.5 inches(each), 2001  

scrape/swab (2), paint, ink, sheet cork, shaped plywood, 33 x 32 x 5.5 inches(each), 2001

 

scrape/swab (2), detail

scrape/swab (2), detail

In the late 90’s, I was intrigued with our genetic makeup mapped from blots of human tissue and condensed to four letter repeating sequences signifying order and chemical composition—a confounding simplification. My shaped paintings often contained snippets of these elements mixing fluid paint smears, genetic sequences and marks from my fingerprints. The concave and convex sculptural form of the work initiates self-measurement, haptic engagement, reflection and places attention on our sensory receptors.