With Out Scissors Series, 2014-2017
I began making these collages in response to John Chamberlain’s large abstract sculptures constructed from automobile parts. His work is three-dimensional collage. Rather than automobile parts, I select from magazine pages to create two-dimensional abstract constructions. I find my collage pieces by tearing and folding, accumulating many abstract parts. I do not use scissors, which results in only torn or straight edges. From my collection of paper parts, I assemble and reassemble multiple times, discovering expressive connections among the pieces. As John Chamberlin said, “it’s all about the fit.” Often, as a result of a collage’s silhouette and sense of gravity, anthropomorphic or zoomorphic traits emerge. By grouping the collages in groups of two or three, a dialogue is created among them.