Artist Statement: Cultural Icons

Collages and Assemblages

It isn’t so much the subject matter that draws me into the process of “image-making,” but rather a color,
a line, a shape, and the overall sensation they invoke in me. Such a moment is reflection and delight, and conjures up a vision that creates excitement. The images created in collages or installations intervene on behalf of a more representational time and space and address an event that preexisted inside me, thus weaving a denser fabric of meaning than the composite that exists within a single frame. In the building process and the writing that informs me about those stories and therefore redefine the images in the art works themselves and reorder the sequence within which they are to appear. It is that final image that talks back to me.

My vision is one of color. How different colors relate is what counts most. Consequently, the color serves as a primary tool for expression. The dynamics of color relations modify the meaning and determine the outlines of the pictorial space. It is color that excites my imagination; that lets me see an image and motivates me to make an image. It is color that “bends” my dreams into visual narratives: “It was only through the yellow color that [the landscape] became an image” (Matisse). My latest series of collages celebrates color and shape, and has been informed by Japanese prints as well as those inspired by pop artists, such as Tom Wesselmann.

In looking back, I realize that my familiarity with these images goes back to my childhood.  I grew up in a small medieval town of rural dimensions which made for a lasting fascination with story-telling and visualization.  This influenced my way of seeing things in the world.

I was born and raised in Hanover County, Germany, and after much traveling, I married a man born and raised here in Hanover County, Virginia, where we have lived and worked, and I have created art, for 20 years.