Glimpses, moments and entries into a visual diary, mind journeys, troubled thoughts, experiments and spiritual experiences, all inspired by nature and the people around me. The medium of collage allows me the ability to layer and add depth, much like our very own lives. Rich in story and history by the events and objects we choose to take with us. I’m at the mercy of the torn papers edge.
The process of assembling a collage for me involves the physical act first; the gathering, collecting, swapping, thrift shopping, and trading items with like minded people. This is very exciting, stimulating, and addictive. The whole process of creating a collage, taking the old and ordinary and juxtaposing it with the new and unusual, is what invigorates me.
Endless supplies of paper are all around us inviting the interchange of ideas. I recycle some of these papers and add them to the paper pulp I make from the plants I grow in my yard. I prepare the plants by cooking them and getting out all the impurities. The combination of recycled paper and organic pulp makes for the unique paper I use in my work.
It's a wonderful time to be a collage artist; technology is at our finger tips, literally. Using digital cameras, computer programs and the printer opens the door even wider to a vast assortment of altered images. Who knows where the fine art of collage will go. For now I'm enjoying the journey.