In the Attic
As our lives change we cast off things no longer relevant. Recently I have started using my vast collection of objects collected from three generations of family members to create assemblages. I begin by choosing items that best represent the image I want to portray and I incorporate drawings, prints, book pages, old photos and discarded treasures. After selecting items and placing them within the boundaries I search for a way to unify the piece, this often involves adding a layer of paint, tissue, gesso, wax or repeating an element. Assemblage allows me to repurpose found objects to compose three dimensional statements on gender roles, culture and quotes.
Recently I began using historical references as triggers to evoke memories and experiences. Architectural structures reference home and define the spaces in my memory. As my parents age, I become more concerned with the importance of preserving our ancestry. I value handmade objects that preserve memories of our time and place. My work honors the traditions of the past and captures larger truths about contemporary life. Art is a visual perspective of life evolving as history and memory present shared experiences. Universal sentiments create a point of access.