I am interested in making sinuous like imagery that has been informed by branches, roots, trees and even the graceful movements of the chickens I have been raising. I am interested in ambiguity, among other things, and I want the viewer to ponder the exact nature of this imagery within these large scale collages. In many ways these collages are surreal landscapes that began with my distress over the severely pruned trees in my neighborhood that must conform to suburban realities like power-lines and sidewalks. This left anemic unnaturally shaped trees that I was both saddened by and drawn to. These strange shaped trees, with their gnarled trunks and twisted branches, would become subjects of paintings only to be cut and repurposed for my collage work.
The most recent collages have been partly informed by my fascination over the chickens I began raising. Not unlike the trees, there is a beauty and grace I want to tease out while some of what has occurred has come close to tragedy and my struggle to keep them safe from predatory harm has been met with challenge.
All of the collage work involves cutting up old paintings on semi-transparent Mylar or making new paintings with the intention only to later cut, alter and layer onto a new landscape. This allows for a pruning, if you will, and reconfiguring of the parts over and over again. I am always looking for new imagery to emerge as I physically layer one semi-transparent piece on top of another. This always surprises. Moreover, I am forever interested in the ambiguous nature of things: how a branch- like form, for example, twists across the surface and then seems to mimic the leg and claw of one of my hens.