My father used to say that he got me from gypsies in exchange for box of orange flavoured popsicles. This being a modern version of my great grandfather’s story that my high-spirited grandmother arrived by way of the gypsies, traded for a crate of oranges. It was the opening statement that began to define my life as an artists living among pragmatists. My art often explores the absurdity of domestic roles and the need for material goods.
My handmade collection of images is the result of hours spent in thrift shops, years spent salvaging the cast-offs from high school storerooms and libraries, and offerings from helpful friends, ambitious suitors and a vintage loving landlord. Michelangelo said of his art ‘every block of stone has a statue inside and it is the task of the sculpture to discover it.’ This quote holds true for the construction of all my handmade collage work. Sorting through hundreds of images until the magical moment when you get to say: that vacuum belongs in that dinosaur’s hand.
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