“You are walking down the street, on the subway, in the market. Depending on your proximity you are ever so briefly a part of the private communication of strangers. Subconsciously a whole story line is built around the snippets of an overheard segment of a conversation”
This series is built on one random isolated page out of a book. I people the page with drawn figures and photographs I take to create a story assumption based on the slice of a story.
The Face “IT” series duplicates the many layered process of assimilating the title wave of world news that envelops us. Volumes of information flood over us in a continuous onslaught leaving little time to digest the information.
The base layer of these works are a collage of a total newspaper article that has had an impact on me. Metaphorically I begin to digest the story by cutting the article up and gluing it to the board. In the finished product the viewer sees a snippets of the story.
Paint applied with a pallet knife records my initial reaction to the information. Finishing the processing I returning to a paper source collecting images and collage over the paint
There are as many opinions as there are artists on how much of your work you should share on social media. Over saturation, copying, trivializing of work verses exposure, building an audience….ECT. It is a BIG discussion.
I have mentioned it before, process is a BIG interest of mine, so at the risk of over saturation I continue to share my process.
The last week or so a new direction has been brewing. I had to spend the morning creating the initial thought…… that is all this image is a thought for a direction. Not everything is a completed work….It now is tacked on the wall like last years XMass card to percolate.
I classify myself as a multi medium artist because I use the medium that most easily speaks to what I am trying to express. Artist are always asked what/who has made the biggest impression on your work. I have always found this to be a very difficult question to answer…and the answer “DEPENDS” is really rather a poor way out. The more I ponder this question my answer often returns to “The work of photographers”. A talented photographer is able to capture raw emotion and freeze it in time creating some of the most powerful and moving images/ stories for me.
Much of my photography work is of 2D work I have created and manipulated. My paper clay masks continue to turn up in my work in various forms.
The essence of our soul is where we reside,
Our identity is where we publicly hide.
We slip and slide from side to side,
And sometimes just go inside
We rotate up and topple down
Morphing with the ebb and flow.
These photographs have been intentionally blurred taking away many of our preconceived tools for reading a facial expression. Leaving you to question your judgments on a subconscious level.
This is a series of works on small boards that started 2 years ago.
The small boards are covered in carefully chosen cut up newspaper article that caught my interested. Most were from the NY papers.
The loosely painted faces were applied using a palette knife that reflected my initial reaction to the article.
At the time I did not quite know how to move them forward and I packed them away.
I brought them out recently with fresh eyes.
The last couple of years of collage work was the added component needed to continue the thought process on these works.
This work is much less introverted and much more extroverted.
Allowing the viewer to interject themselves into the work.
Inclusive of all cultures and races we all seek to establish our gender and sexual affiliation.
Developing into oneself is much like stitching together a quilt. Each experience ads another dimension/layer to our individuality.
The components of a collage mimic the fragmented components that create our beings.
Collage work is much like a conversation. Each piece that is placed on a work begins a sentence, then there is a pause as the response must be considered. Images are created with tearing, gluing, assembling and disassembling. Creating the irregularities that become our individuality.
LETTER PROJECT video -Click here
Not everyone is fortunate enough to inherit the love letters their parents shared during their courtship. I did receive that privilege.
Section #1- 1946-47
LETTERS written between my parent during courtship.
Section #2- 2015
I read my parents letters to each other from when they began dating in the 1940’s. During the performance I was wearing my mother’s wedding dress. The performance was highly personal, as both of them have passed on and I had never read the letters before. By reading the letters aloud I intended to honor their relationship. The idea of wearing my mother’s dress to symbolize the subliminal likeness of our two bodies is a train of thought that was carried into Dress Day Series
DRESS DAY-(Wedding 1946)
I explore the universal concept of the mother daughter relationship. These collages incorporate pieces of white fabric, insinuating my mother’s wedding dress, along with photographs of my own body parts. There is an introspective quality to my work as I consider feminine traditions and how female identity is tacitly endowed. The figure remains to be of the utmost importance in this series, as in many of my other series there is an elegant gestural quality in the poses, which can at times be sexually suggestive. It is my intention to exploit the figure and embrace feminine sensuality, a concept that transcends age and time. Anonymity is further provided by the doll masks worn by the figure, a detail that allows the work to remain relative to the viewer.
BIRTH DATE SERIES-1951 & 54
My performance piece The Letter Project lead to the Dress Day Series. In the Birth DATE Series I continue to develop the concept of the universal mother daughter relationship. In these collages mother and daughter body parts are intertwined mimicking the complex entanglement and estrangement of this unique female bond, symbolizing the passing of the feminine baton from one generation to the next.