A collector by nature, I enjoy the process of expanding my photographic and found materials databases, both of which inspire the original motifs I create through various types of printmaking. I incorporate these databases into my collages, prints, and fibers works through a deconstructive and re-assemblage process to create layered spatial environments that challenge the original referent. Through prominent patterns, flattening of figural elements, and distortive perspective, I question the realness of the referents and exude an alternative impression of the environment.
In work like Berlin Gothic, I utilize the natural texture of the material to distort the hand-printed motif, mirroring the commonplace decay found in architectural facades. The notion of decay and society’s futile quest for permanence has pushed me to explore working on materials that are not archival in nature. The ephemeral quality of printing on Plexiglas, Dura-lar sheets, or delicate, decorative paper allows me to bridge the gap between lasting, printed designs and the erosive effects of time and nature.