14" x 11"
I am a northern New Jersey-based artist and educator and have been making collages since childhood. Forever seeking out new materials to work with leads to changes in style and subject. Sometimes, elements of printmaking and other disciplines are partnered with these materials. During the practice of making images over the last few years, a few important realizations about my practice have revealed themselves. One of these refers to subject matter. The narrative my collages take is dependent on the materials I have found and am attracted to visually. Often I am looking to create a weird, surreal world, and have been influenced by early twentieth century art movements that embraced and explored collage. But I will also seek out specific objects, textures, etc. to say what I need to say. Recently, politics and social justice seem to be dominant subject matter, and the message can be subtle or overt.
Another recent realization is more of a reflection about process. The process- layering, mixing, removing, editing- dictates what the finished image will look like. Recently I’ve been attempting to compose my works without reliance on the rectangular container as much, allowing contours to be irregular and consider negative space, represented here by The Doldrums and Enough. It has breathed new life into my practice. Process is what my images share, regardless of materials, technique, or subject matter.