What Lies Beneath #1 and What Lies Beneath #5, 2016 Series
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Many artists who create their art from detritus begin with the larger issues of over consumption, waste and the health of our planet. Through my job as a personal organizer, however, my work begins by focusing on a particular person and moves out from there to larger concerns. Working this way keeps me close to the emotional heart of the matter and the toll it takes on individual lives. During this journey through a person’s home, there is always a part of me looking for ways to visually express what I see and feel in this rich and complicated world.
I bring back to my studio the “before” photos of the chaos, our conversations, the “To Do Lists,” the twist ties, the solitary earring, the damaged toy, the pile of receipts, and the letters from strangers.
The paintings that come from this collection begin as a rich collage, a layering of visual clutter bound with acrylic gel. This surface is then sliced, sanded, peeled away and added to until one can begin to perceive the sight and texture of that person’s life.
The objects created from this collection derive from odd juxtapositions of items found in a person’s home as well as my response to amusing or poignant conversations we have had during our time spent together.