My mother, who worked at Walmart for many years, told stories of fights that broke out during Black Friday sales. Often the sheriff’s department needed to intervene. These stories seemed outrageous, but were true and, in a way, encapsulate my interest in consumer culture. In how the things we buy, whether necessary or not, take root deep within our psyche and become a part of us. I’ve used a variety of sources as a starting point for my work; the piles of stuff left on the sidewalk by the homeless in San Francisco, environmental disasters like The Pacific Garbage Patch and more recently the use of archetypes in marketing and branding to tap into what Carl Jung called “The Collective Unconscious”.
In my sculptures and installations I use discarded materials of all types like - plastic bags and bottles, broken furniture and tattered clothes. I start with a framework usually made of something solid like a lamp stand then add a skeleton made of wire. The various materials are attached to the frame. The lightness and flexibility of the materials allow for a great deal of spontaneity while working which I really enjoy
My two-dimensional work is an exploration of what the painter Roberto Matta called “Inscape”. An Inscape has been described as “the psychoanalytic view of the mind as a three-dimensional space.” They often begin with photos I’ve taken on walks around the city or images I’ve downloaded as source material. I print out the photos or images, cut them into various shapes and collage them onto the surface adding acrylic paint, charcoal or pen to create a type of atmosphere. Sometimes several layers are applied alternating between collage and the other mediums.