I’m passionate about keeping discarded materials out of the waste stream, uncovering their beauty, and helping people look closely objects so ubiquitous that we barely register their existence. Bottle caps, twist ties, tile spacers, magazine pages… seen from a different perspective, they’re beautiful.
This fundamental purpose informs and unifies my work. The diversity and ingenuity I achieve stems from materials available to me. I particularly love working with found and recycled papers: Not only is this paper readily available, but it’s also very malleable, easily taking various forms.
Maps and topography intrigue me. I use them (found, of course) to engage the viewer by making the perspective unclear: is this the view of a bird or an ant?
Ultimately, my work is informed by the serendipitous discovery of materials, many of which are leftover materials from home improvement or construction projects. Sometimes the materials suggest ideas to me. Other times, I deliberately create rules for myself. Limitations - whether budget, time, or otherwise – promote creative solutions.
I tend to work until the material runs out, doing slight permutations to a design, then moving on to the next material. Knowing there’s a finite amount of material available makes me both more and less emotionally attached to the objects I create.