I am an interior-design tourist. I travel to others’ homes via coffee-table books to delight in the wealth of pattern, color, line, texture, light and shadow. I escape for a while in the order and calm of a well-designed home. But before long, I want to cut up the pages.
A cropped section of a room-- chair legs and the shadows they cast, sunlight on a wood floor, the corner of a quilt against a patterned rug, a set dinner table, a mirror reflecting part of a painting—can be abstract enough to be mysterious, but also familiar enough to elicit a memory. Even more interesting to me is the juxtaposition of selected areas from different rooms. In my collaged rearrangements I am collecting moments which elicit my own memories and associations, creating a new story. I sometimes reference landscape in the compositions, with skies, trees and grass frequently finding their way into these rearrangements. In the paintings I further abstract the compositions, sometimes including information from multiple collages.
In my collages and paintings I rearrange rooms to create unlikely and unexpected spaces, and this ultimately leads to consideration of space, place, relationships and memory. Ultimately, all of my work is rooted in the subject of being adopted at birth: identity, home, fragmentation and layering.