The concepts and techniques of collage underlie my work. I combine fragments of cultural and historical significance with segments of personal meaning to create abstract collages on paper, stretched canvas and free-hanging fabrics. I have also installed wall-mounted collages, walkable labyrinths, installations and site-specific projects.
Though assembled from recognizable materials such as product wrappers, book pages, clothing, threads, plastics and gold leaf, my compositions are abstract and minimalist.
My processes are visible: Edges are torn, folded, and cropped. Segments are layered, pinned, sewn and glued. Surfaces are painted, wrapped or covered with gold leaf. They reveal the evident reassembling of individual fragments, memories and experiences.
I am fascinated by biological processes such as photosynthesis, silk production and lactogenesis that transmute one substance into another, and recognize that these metamorphic processes are analogous to a studio practice in which I transform discarded materials into works of art that are tactile, sensorial, and experiential.
As an artist and a scholar, I am inspired by biology, art and architectural history and my layered work evokes material, symbolic and ecological connections.
Working with found and recycled materials, my work increasingly responds to the risk of environmental collapse.
My collages, installations, and mixed-media works have been exhibited internationally in solo and group exhibitions and is in private, corporate, and museum collections.
I earned a Ph.D. in art history at Columbia University and live and work in New York City.
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