My recent work represents a renewed interest in abstraction. While earliest collages in this series are non-objective in imagery, the most recent configurations reflect my response to current political, social, and cultural conditions. I approach abstract forms in this series with a degree of whimsy and irony.

The "Theater of the Absurd" collages relate to the literary idea of the theater of the absurd, which is defined as "theater in which standard or naturalistic conventions of plot, characterization, and thematic structure are ignored or distorted in order to convey the irrational or fictive nature of reality". 

Creating a collage, I begin by making rough color and design accumulations of pieces of paper in a specific color harmony. These “sketches from scraps" use a variety of fragments originating in repurposed discards of watercolors, prints, as well as handmade paper. I work in a playful and intuitive way that leads to purposeful transitions in color and design, and to surprise spatial relationships.

Unexpected connections from disparate parts lead to organized compositions. Paintings echoing the collages go in new directions, an outcome of the painting process.  I paint geometric forms freehand, and embrace imperfections that occur. 

As a practicing artist over decades, I have worked in a variety of mediums, including oil, acrylic, watercolor, drawing, printmaking, collage, and painted construction. Landscape, science, symbols, dreams, memory, invention and observation have all informed my art. 



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