Artist Statement: Assemblage
Primary in my assemblage work is the discriminate selection of objects. Their unique beauty or mystery is my connection. The shapes, colors and textures comprise the pallet. The process begins with a quiet study, finding and developing relationships amongst the objects; these relationships, not pre-conceived ideas, guide the composition and construction.
Objects are harvested from flea markets, yard sales, street finds, junk and antique shops. In the studio they are organized onto trays and bins. I classify them as contemporary archaeological artifacts.
I follow the tradition of indigenous ethnic cultures – the Eskimo, the Native American tribes, the African and South American peoples, where found objects are the raw materials for their religious and cultural icons.