ARTIST'S STATEMENT Collages I used to think that an artist’s responsibility was to educate viewers about the ills of the world. One day, I couldn’t do it anymore; I was head over heels in love with life. We as adults know intimately what hopelessness, disappointment and loss look like. But how well do we really embrace the other sides of life? The the imagination, playfulness, humor, and whimsy? In order to overcome the ills of our day we must know what we are fighting for, not just what we are fighting against.
When the dust clears what will we create?
Let us imagine with childlike exuberance what we want to see in the world. Let us set aside our fear of where boundless exploration will lead us. Let us imagine.
Will you come out and play? Piecing together collages is always satisfying because every outcome, whether I keep it or not, brings something new. I relish the search for colors, textures and shapes, and then exploring the pieces as they tell me where they want go. A finished piece is the by-product of being fully immersed in pleasure of the puzzle. I am amused by how each piece comes together in its own way, in its own time. Some slide together effortless in a day, while others wait for months as I search out their missing piece. I know a piece is finished when I feel a sense of satisfaction; everything is in its place, nothing more needs to be done. By cutting pieces out of an existing composition (magazines, books, etc.) I can deconstruct what we perceive as static and set in stone. The initial composition brings with it the limitations of the "reality" it came from. In reassembling, a new reality is created where anything that can be dreamt is allowed the status and validity of "reality."