My recent body of work, Loss & Found explores themes of change and loss.
This work combines original elements that I create with found objects from my collection. Each item is selected because it speaks to me as a metaphor, providing symbolic content to create a “story”. In order for the narrative to unfold, a conversation is evoked by the way that they are combined. The found objects are drawn from my diverse assortment that is a result of many years spent trolling fleas markets, yard sales and receiving oddities from family and friends. These treasures had past lives and history. I imagine I am giving new life to something overlooked and forgotten. The components I make are fabricated by hand, mostly in metal and are designed to fill in the blanks where needed to express my ideas.
The use of text is also important. The signage provides the observer with some riddles, instructive hints and directions making the viewer a collaborator. The work comes alive with interaction. For example; one can blow, whistle or slide a door to create a reaction that helps tell the story. These works are sensory, requiring participation and discovery.
There are several recirculating narratives that are interwoven throughout the three series that make up Loss & Found.
In Weights and Measures, I ponder the meaning of Artifact and why these items have lost their purpose, but still remain.
In the Sisyphus Rising series, I use only found items to create a linear narrative that calls attention to the irony, gravity and repetition of days unfolding.
The Wish Boxes are an on-going series where I am meditating on how change can be active and passive. My symbol for change is an icon that appears on the fringes or is enlarged with magnification. It mimics how some changes you strive for, while others just appear out of nowhere.
Loss & Found is at once playful and funny as well as melancholic and ironic. I employ vocabulary made of bits and pieces. The narratives are loosely woven to leave space for the observer to make personal connections and reflections. My hope is that this active participation beckons the viewer to be affected by what they see and feel, thus making these stories their own as well.