I find my visual preference is for strong shapes, edges, and composition. Thus, collage seems a natural medium for me. Scissors are more congenial than brushes.
I currently work in paper collage, as a corollary of the photocollage I have been doing for several years. The collages utilize photographic textures and colors, as well as painted and found papers. Some images evoke landscape, others — conflict, industrial artifacts, or ancient civilizations.
In photography, I am often attracted to worn, beat-up, scarred surfaces, things that have had hard lives. Out of their usual contexts, they can take on new, mysterious identities. My camera also, occasionally, records incongruous human or object interactions that invite the viewer’s interpretation.
Photocollages may create dreamlike, ambiguous landscapes; they may also celebrate industrial shapes and structures or natural phenomena. Disparate elements are brought together to suggest totally new environments and relationships.
I am also interested in ‘catalogs’ or collections of images, combined into small thematic books. My aim in these is always to make the familiar strange; to focus on the unique characteristics — personalities? — of humble details we ignore or take for granted.