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Cycles of the Muse

Inspired by a slip of paper in a Chinese fortune cookie, "Cycles of the Muse" is a tribute to the creative process -- and a playful nod to Sandro Botticelli, one of my favorite Renaissance artists. I was happy to learn last week that it was selected for the Michigan Annual XLII Art Exhibition, which opens at the Anton Art Center in Mount Clemens January 30. Detroit artist Andy Krieger is the juror.

"Cycles of the Muse" combines many recycled elements: two thrift shop picture frames, broken costume jewelry, metal scraps, twigs, and bird feathers. (The "shell" from which this Venus emerges is actually a tin can lid I found in the street, while the crown on her head is an electronic scrap I swept from the floor of the studio space I share with my husband.) 

As a writer, I look for the beauty in ordinary life – and I try to bring that same sensibility to my artwork. I believe broken and tarnished things are magical, and that each one has its own story to tell. …