...where everyday, discarded materials
sidestep the mainstream waste flow,
brush off their expected function,
and are transform into art that challenges established perceptions and perspectives.
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Materials: magazine pages, gel medium, found wire, enamel paint
Dimensions: 2-4" long, depending upon the bug
Inspiration: A neighbor gave me a box of magazines. Although the images on the pages didn’t inspire me, I did like the way the pages looked when fanned out. This inspired this rendition of paper mache. After laminating pages, I carved the resulting block with an Exacto knife. The legs are made of wire I found in a spool stuck in the floor joists of my 1950’s-era house
Materials: Collage of reclaimed dictionary pages, reclaimed legal backers, thread, acrylic, ink, and washi tape on plywood
Dimensions: 7.75" w x 41.5" long (self framed)
Inspiration: This piece was inspired by a dear friend whose serious illness reminded me how tenuous life really is.
Materials: Collage of junk mail, newspaper, reclaimed legal backers, acrylic, ink, computer parts,and heat tape on plywood.
Dimensions: 21"w x 18"h
Inspiration: Various upcycled papers combine to make a restrained yet whimsical comment on the vagaries of the financial markets.
Materials: gel medium, acrylic and enamel paint, plastic tag fasteners on art board 2015
Dimensions: 16"w x 28"h
Inspiration: I'm disturbed by the amount of plastic that is in our modern lives. The plastic fasteners attaching tags to clothing are everywhere. I challenged myself to transform them from the ubiquitous plastic into art. This piece plays with perspective by offering an ambiguous perspective between a topographical overview and a close-up that resembles spores or hair follicles.
Materials: tile spacers, adhesive, dye, adhesive on found wood
Dimensions: 17.5"w x 25"h framed
Inspiration: These plastic wedge-shaped tile spacers were left over from a home improvement project. I liked how they undulate when lined up and how they received dye in varying degrees. This project is a playful take on lovely, ancient Roman mosaics.
Materials: Collage, gel medium, paper bags, watercolor paper, ink, thrifted frames
All hand cut. Japanese influence in sparseness
Inspiration: Cages can be physical or emotional, but I think most often they are mental – a result of thought processes in which we are stuck or fear that paralyzes us.
I made these to work through my own feelings of despair and of being trapped. They're purposefully ambiguous: the person has a cage that he or she is responsible for, and is often reaching for it out of habit, but also is trying to launch it away.
Can cages be positive as well as negative? Beautiful in their limitations?
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Materials: acrylic, paper, markers, embroidery floss on found canvas
Dimensions: 37.75" x 37.75" framed
Inspiration: Many business return envelopes have beautiful designs inside to obscure the contents. They're often too pretty to throw out, so I started collecting them. At the time, I challenging myself to learn to draw symmetrical circles. Eventually, the two concepts overlapped. After finding this canvas, I over-painted it and created a collage that offers aspects of spume - the froth on top of ocean waves - while still remaining abstract.
Materials: adhesive tape, acrylic, cassette tape parts, paper on poster board
Dimensions: 23.5" w x 11.5" h
Inspiration: After seeing images of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in the Pacific Ocean, I was inspired to make this collage to express my concern about about how the earth is being destroyed by pollution and global warming.
Materials: bottle caps and lids, rebar
Dimensions: 4' tall
Inspiration: Each one is unique, based on whatever bottle caps I find. The undulations of the sizes remind me of something from the old cartoon "The Jetsons."
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Materials: refinished chair, neckties, chess pieces, paint, casters
Inspiration: This old chair had been in the family of a good friend for decades before she off-loaded it to me. It was so old that the legs were noticeably short from wear. A couple of uninspired efforts to upholster it finally made me realize that a more drastic makeover was in order. I painted it, added vintage game pieces, upholstered it with thrifted neckties, and added casters to create a much less serious version of this venerable old piece. Still fully functional as a chair, it needs gentle use.
Materials: found paper, embroidery, velum, acrylic paint on canvas
Dimensions: 11"w x 14"h
Inspiration: This was part of an exploration of various ways paper could become 3-dimensional.