My collage series is deeply influenced by my relationship to jazz and the idea of communicating through the exchange of energy. This series was created from a variety of papers and media, including recycled drawings from my studies of drapery and wood. An intense focus on process – combining texture, dimension and energy – lead me to this series, which reflects work that is more physical, natural and raw than my earlier drawings.
I look at these collages as predetermined structures over which some improvisation takes place – much like avant-garde jazz. I create art with the assumption that I’m being directed by much of the same energy that directed the jazz greats who created the complex riffs that fill my studio during my breaks.