By embodying in my work certain forces that lie just below the surface of everyday life, I strive to render what I experience and feel, instead of what is objectively perceived. The implicit narrative I create in a scene is the overlooked or forgotten aspect of the everyday world—my sense of its mystery and foreboding. So while at first glance the image is recognizable, the spaces I create have little to do with the world we are supposed to perceive or have told ourselves to believe in. Sunlit color and whimsical composition exist simultaneously with intimations of memories and longing.
In my collages, my newest body of work, I construct images out of fragments of cast-offs—magazines, old books, paper bags, and bits and pieces found on the street. The material itself is important to the imagery. I use it to signify the fragmentary nature of our memories, dreams, and voices, which define our underlying feel of the world. The ‘worthless’ and the ‘unsanitary’ are reconfigured to create meaning.
In all of my work, I seek to explore what we perhaps do not want to know, and at the same time, want and need to know and to redeem. (NY)