artist statement

As an assemblage artist, I fit objects together in funky, absurdist, and symbolic ways.  Odd bits of flotsam and jetsam, found objects, discarded or broken things, thrift shop and garage sale treasures, all find a new life in unexpected juxtapositions, taking on new meanings in surprising combinations. More recently, I am incorporating clay sculpture into my assemblages. Since returning to Philadelphia, I am happy to be part of the Dumpster Divers of Philadelphia.

In my two-dimensional mixed media work, including collage, monotype, and watercolor, I am fascinated by all forms of image transfer and layering. I have been making clay monoprints since my first workshop with Mitch Lyons, its originator, in December 2016. Clay monoprinting is a unique combination of printmaking together with the tactility of clay, and results in two-dimensional work with greater depth, and feeling of three-dimensionality.

The interplay between a variety of modalities is an important part of my creative process.

I am inspired by the Feminist Art Movement, especially its emphasis on art as a means for creation of community and as a voice for social change. I have always been influenced by ‘outsider’ artists, Dada, and third world people who make art from the trash heap of civilization. I am especially inspired by the anonymous artists from every culture of the world, over the centuries, who made art from the depths of their souls, moved by awe and wonder at life itself and its mysteries.