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S T A T E M E N T

I enjoy blurring boundaries; between human and animal, science and art, imagination and knowledge. A composition begins as a response to the materials before me; primarily small shapes cut from books, magazines and other photographic sources. I place myself in an atmosphere of ideas, gleaned mostly from reading, but also from music, film, visual art, and occasionally the real world. Then I let the process happen, trusting that “accident favors the prepared mind.”

My work reflects long held interests in animal life and nature, art history, pattern and texture. Much of my work deals with interrelationships of creatures, whether they are humans, animals or something in between. The present themselves in “open narratives.”

Some pieces involve nature in a more elusive form. I have always been intrigued by the microscopic world, how the life forms that are part of our everyday reality are much spookier than contrived monsters. Some of the most sinister of these are viruses, bacteria and assorted pathogens. The word “spore” is threatening to us, even if we can’t picture exactly what one looks like.

I have also been exploring the interior of the body (human and otherwise) through the use of radiographs. Some pieces deal with the even smaller (larger?) subatomic world. Schröedinger’s Cat and Wigner’s Friend concern a familiar thought experiment in quantum physics.

Chimerical entities, which have always been part of my work, became more interesting to me when they became real.There is a difference between a symbolic being of the imagination, and the existing reality. Today, scientists are creating chimeras, part human, part animal.

More recently, cyanotype collage and digital work have become common mediums,using layering and reconfiguring elements electronically and by hand. Installation pieces give me a chance to play in three dimensions, and push my work in different directions.

I hope to achieve a balance between apprehension and amusement, the disturbing and the beautiful. Max Ernst called such pictures “found objects” from the unconscious.




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