My work is about taking disparate elements and combining them in beautiful and unexpected ways. I have a deep love of printed paper materials, and it doesn’t matter if those materials are old book pages, product packaging, or high-end specialty papers. I enjoy using all of it in my collages. What challenges me is seeing if I can take printed paper – a universal, utilitarian item – add paint, ink, or pencil to it; and turn it into something beautiful, meaningful, and powerful. Can I make something that defies the expected? If I’m really lucky, I surprise myself with the things that I make.
To me, collage speaks to the patchwork nature of our lives. We pull memories, ideas, and dreams from our past and cobble them together with the people and places we encounter in the here-and-now. It’s a perpetual cycle of incorporating and reworking our own personal materials. Gluing things together has been an obsession of mine since I got my first bottle of Elmer’s glue. My choice of materials may be broader and more sophisticated now, but the impulse to illustrate what’s on the inside of my head remains the same.
I am also a student of feminism and so I am interested in how my voice as a woman colors my work. Women have traditionally been excluded from making art and relegated to making “crafts” by way of homemaking. I seek to explore where these elements meet.