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, whose quirky ethos keeps me balanced.

In my two-dimensional mixed media work, including collage, monotype, and watercolor, I am fascinated by all forms of image transfer and layering. I am excited to now be monoprinting on clay. It is a joy to experiment and explore new ways of mark making.  The interplay between a variety of modalities is an important part of my creative process.

Video is an exciting medium for me.  So much can be conveyed in just a few minutes.  I love the democratization of being able to post on Vimeo and YouTube.  My Mac is a precious art supply.

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.