Initially I was attracted to plastic bags as I walked near my studio in 


Chinatown. I saw orange red bags bright in the sunlight with the color of the 

                                          

contents showing through. Here was packaging, an outer surface, 

                   

a container. It made products appealing, it protected and transported

         

what was inside. I am attracted to the shimmer and variety of color in 


our refuse, an abundant material that is nearly invisible, an urban plankton. It 


reflects the changes in our daily needs and tastes.


     All of nature recycles. What have we dropped that might be useful? I 


want to reverse the flow; take a mass-produced discard, put it through 


an alchemic process and make it into something unusual. 


     I am fascinated by the paradoxical activity of dissolving physicality and 

                                               

giving form to the ephemeral. These images are influenced by the changing light in 

                                                                                               

garden and our perception as fluid beings in a seemingly solid form. They


imagine the interplay of material, emotions, and spirit. I cut shapes from


foil and colorful plastic bags. With an intuitive approach I combine the


pieces looking for a fragile, fleeting quality, contemplative and intimate.

      

    The plastic pieces are joined with tape or sometimes stitching, a kind of drawing. 


The work has been on paper or acetate, in tubes or more recently on photographs of


older collage pieces. The translation of two and three dimensions, one to the other 


or their confusion has been an underlying theme for much of this work. How do we 


perceive our inner and outer being? How is our invisible side visible on our surface? 

Shine, reflection, shadow, layering and veiling give depth and movement. More object 


than illusion, these pieces change with the light and our perspective.


      

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