I am a life-long collector--my studio is filled with hundreds of objects and countless ephemera that are my most prized art supplies. Found in my own family’s cache of memorabilia, or in thrift shops, tag sales and dustbins, discovering and assembling evocative detritus is the inspirational catalyst for my narrative, often autobiographical, sculptures and collages.

 It is through an idiosyncratic process that is both physical and psychological that a kind of mediation between subject and material occurs. It begins with a discovery of objects that seem to me both beautiful and evocative. Once settled into my studio, those objects seem to align with others, suggesting combinations and narratives. Ultimately, the formal artistic aspects of the compositions as well as the craft and mechanics of the assembly become a deeply satisfyingly exercise in revelation and problem-solving.

I see my work following in the traditions of Surrealism and Dada, with a back story of folk art. I employ a variety of associative tactics to accomplish the pieces’ contextual messages— often humor and visual puns, but also poetry, polemics, and scientific and mythological referencing. The assemblages offer me clues to life’s dichotomies of love and loss; freedom and restriction; connection and distance; change and stasis; yearning and comfort; and the knowable and the unknowable of family- present and long past.


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