About My Work
These collages are my subconscious’ ongoing communication about relationships, culture, and my own life. I’m interested in the combination of religious art historical iconography, and pop culture images, to stress the sacred in our modern day life. My most recent work focuses on women’s historic contributions to the workforce.
After many years working primarily as a sculptor, I started making collagraph prints in about 1994. Using collage started out as simply a way to add an interesting image to my collagraph print. Over time, my collagraph prints became more and more mixed media, until they were combinations of printmaking, Xerox transfer, painting, and collage. Lately, my work is almost 100% collage. My most recent work has shifted to working on wood panels, and incorporates printmaking media such as linoleum block print. I’ve gradually been collecting hundreds of images for use in my collages, and I’m always on the look out for more. I find them in old magazines, books, and advertising flyers.
For me, creating these images is a way of having a dialogue with myself about inner conflicts. Certain key images take on deeper meaning for me, like the lady wrestlers, or the telephone operators. Even the inclusion of handwriting as a part of the image refers both to communication, and to a part of our culture that is rapidly becoming anachronistic. The sewing pattern as a background for my collages is an important reference to what is historically “women’s work”, and I also like to include handwriting because it is something we are losing touch with. Our computer driven culture is leaning towards typing and emailing as our main form of communicating. I still think script has a personality all its own that reflects the writer much more intimately.
While working on new collages, I have an assortment of images all around me, to consider; these images are never planned out in advance, but happen much more spontaneously. This is why I prefer the cut and paste method of collage over using a computer to manipulate the images. I like the physical act of layering all these different images together, until I find a fit that’s just right.
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