(Photo by Mark McD Photos)
Flea markets, old basements and attics, dumpsters, and objects found while walking the dog, have always held a fascination for me. What is cast off by society, thrown out, and discarded, may still hold value in this world as it is repurposed and recycled, into something new, something interesting, something now wanted and appreciated again by the world.
So I will happen upon a face, an item, a bit of bark that catches my eye or tugs at my soul, and I will create a new life, freeing it from it’s heretofore demise. Disparate detritus is used to create my narrative. And as the architect of this new creation, I add color and texture and mood and feeling to fit my own interpretation of the precedent. These discards are assembled until I have a transmigration: with parts of the original, but certainly not the same. So a life has been rejoined, reborn, reincarnated for the soulful satisfaction and visual impudence of its creator. And, as well, for the thoughtful enjoyment of others.
I was honored to win 2nd place, out of 1800 international artists, in the Dream Big 2016 competition by Juxtapose magazine and the PRZM website.