Coined by Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso, the term ‘collage’ points towards a medium that is simultaneously serious and tongue-in-cheek. My collages represent my love for storytelling and found objects. I’ve been salvaging and collecting materials for decades. My portfolio is sizeable, styles and mediums quite varied, but most of my artwork including children’s books is created with collage, mixed media and assemblage. I love to ponder through the pages of vintage magazines, either just for fun or intently searching for the perfect image to add to my archive of collage elements.
Likewise, my more dimensional pieces, such as my shrines and repurposed plates inspired by similar collage and assemblage techniques. All my work is united by the unexpected beauty of everyday materials set free from their original purpose, salvaged, ripped, and repurposed anew. The process of deconstructing materials and imagery to create my own view is a deeply intuitive and continuing visual investigation.
Each piece begins with either an idea, wild or otherwise or quite simply, one evocative fragment of paper. Like a puzzle, the piece evolves as. I continue to cut, crop, trim and manipulate the found elements. I continue to make decisions about what is working and what is needed to bring it to a place I am happy with, especially regarding composition.
All my collages are one of a kind and hand made with original source materials.