I do not have a plan or expectation when I begin a collage. I usually start with an inclination to work with a particular material or process and then explore what can be achieved. I am fascinated by the magic of the creative sub-conscious and how it reveals itself when I work. I see the collage-making process as a metaphor to life. It is more fun and satisfying if things unfold naturally, trusting one’s impulses and intuition.
Some works include image transfers from magazines with paint on Vellum. I enjoy the unpredictable nature of this process. I don’t know what I am going to get when I peel the magazine away and must work with the results. In other collages, I pair lines, grids and hard edges with softer, less restrained elements. Vellum is an interesting base to work on because of its delicacy and translucency. By adding layer upon layer of paint, paper and ink on both sides of the Vellum I was able to achieve a greater sense of depth.
No matter what medium and technique I work with I seem to eventually come back to a familiar theme – home and interiors. I have been interested in architecture and design since childhood and I haven’t been able to create the real-life home I yearn for quite yet. It is not surprising that I am drawn to playing with bits of furniture, patterns and space on paper.
I was born and raised in Toronto, Canada and currently live in New York City with my husband and two children.