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; they are symbolic of threatening authoritarianism, and yet their forms are totally invented.

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.....". The state of our current government can fit that description.

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

What starts out as chaos becomes an ordered organized composition that has unexpected connections from disparate parts. Small paintings echoing the collages go in new directions, an outcome of the painting process.  Painted works may appear to be hard edged or even taped, but I paint freehand, and embrace imperfections that occur along the way. 

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 served my art. 

I am curently collaborating with another artist, creating hard-copy collages that we mail back and forth between our distant cities. This echos a totally digital " project on which we collaborated years ago.


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