Symbolic Assemblage is how I describe my labor intensive creative style of constructing dimensional artwork. I enjoy combining materials as well as artistic techniques in my designs. Abstract ideas are interpreted through the symbolic use of objects, words and colors reflecting my thoughts and imagination.
My multi-stage process may include modeling, casting, carving, constructing and assembling. The media is mixed combining plaster, paint, wood, metal and repurposed materials. Metalwork is cut out by hand or embossed using a technique called repoussé learned while studying in Mexico. Wood may also add relief and definition, even becoming miniature sculptures when carved.
I have developed my own painting style of layering and exposing paint, glazes, and metal leaf to enhance texture and detail in the work. I describe my process as one of construction then deconstruction in order to construct again. My frames are handmade resulting in an entirely original and one of a kind work of art.
Storytelling intrigues me. I use words and symbols within the context of the work, along with a sensual layering of colors that hint at deeper meanings, to reveal a message or story. The variety of elements used to create each individual work is intended to provoke interest and intrigue for the the viewer. Ambiguity creates emotional appeal which may raise more questions than provide answers.
Every time I start, it is a new process, a new opportunity for invention. I look forward to the new experiences and challenges that each piece brings.