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Artist Statement
My work is intuitive, and connected to the pattern of everyday life activities.  There is no on-and-off in the studio; my working process is constant.  The story that my work tells is my own narrative, which I examine again and again.  I think about things in multiples, with the occasional single unique object appearing within these large groups.  What I’m doing is building an environment. 

What does it mean to collect – to collect things, to collect art?  How do we present our collections? Collecting has a variety of meanings for me, with each collection suggesting something different. At quick glance, the collections (and installations) – a kind of cacophony of the imagination – looks as though they are made by a large group of people instead of one person.  Although I gather hundreds of objects, the greater value often lies in the process and subsequent observation and study.  I collect natural objects; washed up plastics and other debris; small, unusual toys and kitchen items; and ephemera from my everyday activity that can be amassed in multiples – like stickers, candy wrappers, dry cleaner tags, plastic container tops, twist ties, receipts, labels, bits of garbage, medication, restaurant menus and rubber bands.  I specifically collect consumer products – like holiday decorations, office supplies, craft materials, artificial flowers, inflatables and party decorations.  All lists and notes are important.  Collecting from specific geographic locations is also significant. In a way, I’ve begun to collect myself – which, in addition to the practical aspect of accumulating objects of course has an emotional meaning, too (to bring your emotions together under one roof and under control).  So, I’ve begun to make both an emotional and physical record of a single life.

My choice of materials is deliberate–they symbolize important aspects of my life experience.  I make use of a wide variety of media, from traditional artist materials to Stickum Special, beef liver, beet powder, candy, iodine, mercurochrome, methiolate, gentian violet, food color, hair dye, house paint, calamine lotion, indigo, extract and white-out to name a few.

The vision that I create is an intuitive investment of emotion into the mundane practice of daily life.

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