I am a mixed media painter that incorporates found
materials. Much of my work uses books that are torn cut and glued
and then frequently hand or machine stitched.
I am fascinated by text, and pattern, while exploring
the possibilities of content and meaning. In addition my work addresses
the need to collect and store memorabilia that represent moments
in our lives. This material along with books is frequently part
of my work. I search for materials in garage or estate sales, and
second hand stores. I gather reuse and reinfuse with new content.
The materials that I am drawn to are all types of
old maps, old typed or had written letters and canceled postage
stamps and clothing tags. Clothing tags are especially seductive
because they are frequently well designed and suggest issues of
class and the compulsion to collect. I glue, stitch these materials
together frequently working back into the surface with paint stitching
and at times sanding the surface.
My newest body of work has a heavier influence of
painting a drawing back into the work. In addition I have moved
into 3D using aluminum containers, license plates and other metals
that I cut and rivet onto wood supports and am now experimenting
with ceramic sculpture.