As I went through slides of my early work to digitize, I came across a display case installation I did for the University of Michigan Residential College Gallery in 1984. I used various pieces that I had previously worked on, including a sculpted head of a young woman with a mohawk, a portrait of a friend, and four sculpted heads. I added scribbled drawings on mylar, pointed sticks, and a bunch of hanging used tea bags and create this assemblage installation, titled No!
At times I come across altered subway posters as I travel from place to place in New York City. These posters are ripped, shredded and basically messed with which expose the previous pasted advertisements underneath. These panels then become abstract works of collage on subway platforms.
First of all, I have to admit: I’m a sucker for burnt orange.
While looking for pre-made boxes to use to develop assemblage pieces, I came across small cigar boxes online. What I ended up with was a large cardboard box filled with burnt orange cigar boxes. I initially began working on a series of single boxes but, because I didn’t like the small size, I began gluing boxes together to create multi-paneled compositions. The boxes are small with a deep space within, so my working method of filling the interior depth differed from my approach to boxes that are much larger but have a shallower depth. In the end, I look at these as experiments in intimate storytelling more than as formal abstract compositions.