My art is inspired by memories, vintage photographs, dolls, poetry, and unsettling human interactions. I am moved by children’s thoughts—their perceptions and fears—and the idea of how situations like death or abuse can mean a loss of childhood. I am especially drawn to childhood memories, which are often illustrated in my work as muddied layers, levels, and fragments. Few of those memories are mine. Most are of other women who have recounted events of their unfortunate childhoods.
The idea of “memory as layers” is most evident in my collages, and in my assemblages predominantly through the use of nostalgic objects, drawers, boxes, layers of paper, text, and sound. These pieces are often interactive. The work on canvas and paper illustrates layers through the use of multiple glazes, layering of paper, and the use of several images.
Because collaging frees my imagination, I work in this medium to produce fantastical narratives. I often employ high-contrast photocopied photography and then expand on these collages in large-scale oil paintings. Similarly, I draw or paint still-lifes of dolls, using them as a catalyst to large surreal mixed media pieces.