Arts and Crafts

My six-year-old daughter Emaline hates when I throw things away. I have caught her several times pulling items out of the garbage or recycling bin and using them in her art projects. When I tell her, “Please don’t dig things out of the garbage,” her response is, “Why? You do it.”

And she’s right. While I am not a hoarder by any means—don’t all hoarders say that?—I do have a nice collection of cardboard, wood, glass, aluminum, and paper that I, too, use in my art projects.  All of my shallow relief carvings are created from cardboard, Kentucky barnwood, and leftover paint. My glass collages are layers of reclaimed glass and paper. My #MeToo Virgins as well as other graffiti live on reclaimed surfaces: cardboard, fabric, brick. They represent a marriage of repurposed materials and childlike imagination.

I portray what is often ignored on a medium that is often wasted.

As I type this statement, I am sitting across the table from a shadowbox Emaline made from the wood I had discarded. In the box she has glued some corrugated packing material that works as a backdrop for the chicken bone she has affixed to the box with masking tape and string. And to think, I threw that chicken bone away.

Click on any of the images below to enlarge.

LAYERED GLASS COLLAGE

ENTRANCE . Discarded glass, paper, resin . 6″ X 6″

RED ENTRANCE . Discarded glass, paper, resin . 6″ X 6″


RECLAIMED

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Engendered . Discarded cardboard, fabric scraps, acrylic . 81″ X 42″

Watchers . Discarded cardboard, spraypaint, resin . 60″ X 36″

Point Click . Discarded cardboard, spraypaint, resin. Barnwood frame. 43″ X 43″


SHALLOW RELIEF CARVINGS

Hummingbird . Discarded cardboard (prepared with stenciled graffiti), resin, string . 36″ diameter

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Eclipse . Discarded cardboard (prepared with stenciled graffiti, mylar, resin) . 42″ X 42″

Knuckle Sandwich . Discarded cardboard (prepared with stenciled graffiti), resin . 42″ X 42″


OLDER WORK

Flood . Discarded cardboard (prepared with stenciled graffiti), resin, string . 42″ X 42″

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