Mixed Media & Assemblage
Lately I have become fascinated with the idea of going beyond the 2-D image and building environments called assemblages. I love the Renaissance boxes of art history, with unexpected surprises built into the backs of canvasses. Taking my cue from these constructions, I at first used the recessed back spaces of gallery wrapped canvasses and cradled boards. Now I have begun to experiment with found devices such as antique sewing machine drawers, flea market jewelry boxes, discarded shelves, and old picture frames. Having worked primarily in relief, my works are now coming off the wall and becoming freestanding, with the addition of wheels and/or legs. Assemblage is a creative vehicle for many of the skills that I have spent my lifetime learning. Acrylic painting, drawing, calligraphy, collage, hand-dyed and stamped papers, metal etching, sewing and embroidery, texture gels, photo transfers, fibers techniques, wire wrapping, beading, resist techniques, and metal patinas have all found their way into my assemblages. For years I have collected found objects and papers, and now I have a way of incorporating these into pieces of art.