What comes first – the medium or the message? Tell me a little about the work that will be on view.
For my work, the medium and the message go hand in hand.
My work is made up of drawing and collage based on studies of everyday things, people and happenings. I work in multiple mediums to create my images, working in a method of layers; using paint, scraps of paper, graphite, found images, and ink. It is quirky, incorporating humor by placing things that I hear and see into my work to tell personal, relatable stories.
What do you feel is your role as an artist?
My role as an artist is to show humor and observation through my art for people to enjoy and relate to.
What influences your practice/works?
Things that I hear and see around me have a large influence on my work. Often times I’ll be out and about and see something that catches my eye. I’ll take a photo of it for reference later and most times those things end up in my work. I also write down things I hear from conversations that I think are interesting or entertaining to later incorporate as well.
Who are the other artists you look to for inspiration? And what about their works do you like?
There are multiple artists that have inspired me over the years, two for sure are, Lauren Simkin Berke and David Fullarton. They both incorporate collage and ordinary life into their works. For David, I enjoy the humor he incorporates into his work with text and illustration combined to tell a story. Lauren draws with pen and ink a lot of the time with a very defined style that I enjoy and have similarities in my work as well.
What other writings do you recommend reading to have a better understanding of your artworks and your art practice/process?
Masters, Collage: Major Works by Leading Artists
Once Upon A Piece of Paper, A Visual Guide to Collage Making By Andrea D’Aquino
Beautiful Oops! By Barney Saltzberg
Ladies Drawing Night By Julia Rothmans