So much pleasure comes from investigating the geometry of the world, both man-made and natural, and especially when the two collide. There is the structure with hard edges and lines juxtaposed against the chaos of nature. Initially in the work, I'm responding to the place and the experience, then there's a shift to responding to the photo and memory of the place. Once the image is Xeroxed and collaged onto the canvas, there's yet another response that's a culmination of all of these steps in the process. Finally, I'm responding only to what's on the canvas and what I've internalized.
I view my work as an integration of experiences and experimentation with different materials and techniques, such as painting, collage, printmaking, encaustics and drawing. Every piece builds on what has happened prior to the piece before it-what was learned and what was discovered. I want the way in which the materials are applied, scraped and torn away to be a reflection of the subject matter-like an archeological artifact that has many layers of history and memories.
Allowing materials to be revealed in pieces or layering marks and materials creates a sense of a build up and break down, again mimicking layers of time and history.
Making a painting is truly the most humbling of experiences. I continue to work intuitively but with a greater confidence and knowledge of what it is to make a painting. I strive to keep the work fresh and quirky without over thinking it. This way of working can be stressful and challenging but it keeps me open to new experiences and continual exploration.

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Artwork by Daphne Minkoff

Gage Academy of Art acknowledges the Coast Salish Peoples as the original inhabitants of this area and connecting waterways. We understand the land that Gage occupies is unceded territory and that today many Indigenous peoples live here and without their stewardship, we would not have access to this space. We honor the Coast Salish Peoples’ sovereignty, rights to self-determination, culture and ways of life. Since time immemorial, Indigenous peoples have called this territory their sacred land. We commit to learning, educating others and repairing the legacy of historically harmful relationships between non-Native and Native peoples in King County. In doing so, we will be honest, and recognize the experiences of Native peoples to include genocide, forced relocation, forced assimilation, and land theft. We also acknowledge Native peoples are survivors, present in today’s world, thriving. We encourage everyone here today to ask themselves: what can I do to support Indigenous communities?

In an effort to be transparent, Gage is contemplating this call to action and re-working how to best support Indigenous communities.

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