Statement

My work in paper is characterized by formal rigor upended by a sense of whimsy, and is rooted in process, play, and the qualities intrinsic to paper of buoyancy and agility. I make objects and installations that engage an interaction between the physicality of paper and pigment, and the visible but immaterial elements of reflected color, cast shadows, and negative space. Particularly with installation work, I take into consideration the architectural space and its qualities, so that the work can activate the volume of air surrounding it. Pleasure and color are vital and life-affirming, and I enjoy straddling the line between playful humor and spare form.

Recently a variety of strategies have come into play. I have become interested in weaving free-standing and wall-based sculptural forms with strips of paper, that approach a kind of “drawing” in space, in which the cast shadows play a role. Making collages from the detritus generated by the paper constructions – a process that approaches painting with found mark-making – has become another avenue of exploration. Finally, the road is circling back into painting itself: I am now making work that combines 2D painting on paper with 3D paper and cardboard construction, recycling bits from past work, and viewing my collection of stored scraps and fragments from earlier projects as a giant compost heap from which something new can be made.