What am I working on?
I’ve been going through a rough patch of late. The last few months I’ve been in a slump. I’m slowly trying to dig myself out of it by working on a new series. This body of work uses as its substrate blank pages from vintage books, pages that have some mark of a life lived on them-creases, markings, foxing, etc.
The other common denominator with these new works is an attempt to simplify and edit. I’ve been trying for sparer, more elegant compositions. These works are an attempt to put this design aesthetic and the words of a respected former professor-“prune and focus,” into action.
How does your work differ from those of your genre?
I’m not sure how to answer this. I’m interested in contemporary collage but I don’t much think of my work as belonging to any particular genre. I make stuff; I’ll let others worry about categorizing it.
Why do I create what I do?
As trite as it sounds, I make stuff because I have to. I’ve always been motivated to collect discarded bits of ephemera. I try to find a way to take those bits and pieces and make something new of them.
How does your creative process work?
I usually work in spurts. I will go months with intense concentration on my studio work followed by weeks or sometimes months of procrastination and anxiety about not being able to work. The process when I am on my game is fairly straight forward. I tend to work in series so I give myself a set of simple parameters such as limiting my substrate to the vintage book pages. Then I search for images/materials in my collection that sparks my interest. Once I have those I begin to move things around, add, subtract, and such until something starts to gel. Once I have something I believe may be working I usually let the piece sit for a bit before gluing or attaching the bits together.