Different processes are
used depending on the materials. With sturdy components it is one of
reduction and simplification. If all the layers were to be peeled back,
the beginnings that emerge might be bright and active. However, the
lengthy ritual of pasting and sanding eventually shapes the piece into
an arrangement of essential forms. The addition of each layer further
modifies the color, making it more enigmatic. Nothing is preconceived.
Each step directs what will follow, and there is no turning back since
everything is glued as it is placed. Found and recycled objects are
important, though these bits of the past seldom retain their identity.
“Cannibalizing” old drawings, prints and painted papers restore past
failures to a new level of acceptance.
primarily from self-made paper and organic materials is constructed
more simply because of its fragile nature. The process is less
vigorous, but essentially the same as that used for more stable items.
The grid series was
begun in 1990. In various adaptations I have set out to establish a
grid then make it disappear. The process involves gessoing and painting
paper with acrylics. The back of the sheet has been marked off in 1"
squares and the paper is then cut into 1,2 and 3" squares which are
further cut into geometric shapes as needed. It's not unlike solving a
jig saw puzzle without the help of a finished picture for clues.