I Dream on Paper
While many find peace in fly fishing, yoga, or puzzles, I revel in meticulously cutting thousands of one to two inch squares out of paper. For me, creating is a meditative process whereby I immerse myself in color, detail, texture, dimension, and imagery. I delight in the deconstruction and reconstruction.
Why birds? I have always had a profound love of birds. As a child, I could soar in my dreams. My parents loved nature—and birds in particular, so I was raised with these incredible creatures as part of my family. In my bird collages the intricate parts may look like puzzle pieces—small, precise and fitted—yet more consideration is involved. I carefully select storybook figures, old ledger pages, antique maps, handmade papers, engravings, foreign text, Japanese tissues, cork, acrylic paints, and antique photos to create my images.
I am in my happiest place when scouring my antique books and papers for just the right image. When incorporating discarded antique photos, I literally and figuratively weave a paper fantasy about these lost lives. In honoring and immortalizing these "new friends," I find solace.