About the Work
detail of Ancient, Original, Modern Fables and Hares
I have always been fascinated by old paper and how these pages document our ancestors’ attempts to affect their world. Although we think we have left behind many of the ideas recorded on these sheets they, along with old documents, letters and music pages, remind us of how we often we still repeat our ancestors’ efforts with only slight variations in methods they used.
These are the pages I collage to create the background for my drawings. The words on them form the underpinnings of the motifs I choose to lay on top. The paper I use for each sheet can be from a single book, a group of related letters or a jumble of different, unrelated pages.
The images I draw on the surface can be animals - creatures who do with grace what humans try so hard to do with practice, or figures “assembled” from loose hats, hands, or feet combined with outlines of clothing. Each motif comments in its own way on the collaged pages.
The viewer can choose to see the text as simply a patterned background or read the collaged pages to understand how I have related them to the images I have chosen for the specific work. This relationship can be ironic, humorous, sad or thoughtful.
I rub the chalk heavily into the sheet to get a rich deep tone. The curving lines that burst from each image provides movement, making each motif as active as the collaged sheet underneath it.
Equally important are the formal aspects of the image - balance and pattern are central elements of each work. I find beauty in the old, yellowed, foxed paper, in its stains and scribbles, and in the birds, animals, and other images I have chosen to draw on the paper and seek to arrange them on the sheet in a way that emphasizes that beauty.
I often use several sheets of collaged paper butted together to create a larger surface on which I draw. These multi-sheet works are reflective of the pieced together nature of our memories of the past.
Although my drawings are my interpretation of the text on the pages I have collaged together, the viewer is always free to determine their own relationship between the two.