Fragments III #102 20"x20" gouache on w/c paper
Fragments III Series
For me, it is the idea behind the work that dictates the image that I create. I do not experience the world, memory, or thought as a whole, but rather in bits and pieces, or fragments. The final image does not dictate what the viewer should think, but allows a place for the viewer to think.
In this series, Fragments III, I am creating compositions based on collage as a visual model for painting. The Cubists, Braque and Picasso, first created collage, and it has played a vital role in almost every phase of Modernism. It is a mode of perception, a multidimensional language, which because of its simplicity has immediacy, and spontaneity that is distinct from other art forms. The basic principle of the use of cut and pasted colored paper arranged in juxtaposition that form the foundation for an art of limitless associative possibilities. Through this process I am allowed to explore simultaneously the mysterious spaces between inside and outside, text and image, figuration and abstraction, past and present, two and three-dimensional space.
These works could be seen as pages of a diary or personal journal, and like poetry, one idea dissolves into another, and the series of work becomes a sequence of new images. Like each new day, forever changing. Each piece takes time to create and each piece also requires time to be seen.