My work, often described as “creepy”, is much deeper. I find extreme comfort working with old items, including discarded photographs and hand-written letters.
“I hope my artwork inspires viewers to look beyond the ordinary objects and vestiges used within my pieces to realize that even the lifeless still retains life.”
Inspired by my Nana’s home in native New Jersey which to this day remains “the most magical place in the world”, began my love for antique items. A ravenous collector of paper ephemera, Victorian cabinet card photos and old books, I coupled my vintage collections with my fine arts background and my art style was born. Although knowledgeable of digital platforms, I have always worked in traditional collage, preferring scissors and glue to computers. My work rarely has a theme, as I work on inspiration of the imagery and verbiage I collect. Often after completing a piece I can see a reflection of symbols and emotion that was conveyed within the piece without any intent.
“I have always considered my artwork my therapy and this in evident in many pieces, but it is always realized after the fact. After losing both of my parents within 3 years of one another I have relied on my creative process heavily to lighten the burden of tremendous grief”.
Attics, basements, Joel Peter Witkin, the smell of a fireplace, Dead Can Dance, my daughter Oonah, the full moon, striped socks, E.A. Poe, Halloween, rummage sales, my husband Josh, the Haunted Mansion in Disney, Vincent Price, the wind, the Legend of Sleepy Hollow, love letters, thunder, cello, pumpkins, rusted metal, creaky floors and the notion that beloved family is watching over me.