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
a 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.