I make assemblages because I don't hoard shit.
I grew up at a flea market.
For the bulk of my childhood I wore t-shirts that said I love NJ because my Dad had bought a huge box of them in every size. He's a product of The Great Depression and a hoarder. We always had 6 months of food in the house at all times. He loved to shop.
I hate to shop.
I love to scavenge and create things out of stuff that people don't do anything with. The old game board with missing pieces, the attic filled with treasures that come alive again when appreciated for their uniqueness, color, shape and story.
I often use music box mechanisms in some of my artworks and one of my most validating moments is when they start to play on their own after being installed into an assemblage. I believe they are so thrilled to have the opportunity at something new; no longer something old and unwanted, forgotten, misplaced;
now artwork, timeless and treasured.
Everything is energy. My artwork is about a moment in time, a pause, a visual memory that as much as it is pulled from the past it is present in you; at the moment you connect with it in art. An open window. Opportunity.
This specific collection is inspired by Pink Floyds Echoes. In the early 70's Pink Floyd decided to fly to Pompeii, into the Colosseum; set up massive speakers and played Echoes live to the universe. They extended creative energy on a massive level and it has influenced the way I make art. The lyrics from that song and the idea run thru this entire collection. "And so I throw the windows wide, and call to you across the sky" is a visual and an idea that I connect with.
I hope you can hear it bouncing across the room here.