Practicing Visual Democracy
The forgotten of this world are my inspiration. For me, the process of creating emerges from a reverence for all animate and inanimate beings, especially for society’s misfits and rejects. I practice visual democracy: I believe that everything has a place and a purpose, and my works create a home for items that have lost their way.
Both nature and human culture have been affected by what is happening in their shared surroundings. Attempts by humankind to define what is useful, and thus to either control or ignore its environment provide me with the themes that inspire my creative practice.
For years I have been an obsessive collector of debris. I am continuously scanning the ground and scavenging parking lots, sidewalks, subway platforms and ditches for lost treasures. The rusty metal, branches, papers, and discarded or dropped items have become the raw material for my sculptures.
I use a wide variety of techniques in my practice: assemblage, bricolage, collage and painting.
Although my body of work may not appear to have a commonality, all of my pieces are united by being born from the same artistic process; I work solely by intuition without having any preset concept of the finished piece or theme, with no idea of the technique or media to use. I begin by choosing objects at random, handling and playing with them. It is in the process of play whereby both the technique and form are inspired and dictated by the objects themselves.
I strive to create art pieces that have many levels of meaning. My works portray the disregarded in new contexts by exploring the use of relationship, contrast, and duality.
I hope that the viewer will gain a new perspective on their traditional and preconceived definitions of what is deemed “useful” or “worthy”. I further hope that they begin seeing objects in a new light, and rediscover the beauty in – and respect for – the invisible and forgotten in today’s world.