I’ve worked on three main projects during our many months of quarantine and they’ve all involved collage and altering existing materials. The first one, which is ongoing, involves Betty Crocker recipe cards. I’ve been turning them into drawings and sending them to friends and friends-of-friends. My impulse throughout quarantine has been to make things to give away. The second project I’ve called “Moon_Moire,” a collaborative project with Carsten Nicolai’s Moire Index, his playful and useful reference book of moire patterns from 2013. I painted on the pages, rubbed graphite into them, scratched and burnished them, and occasionally used scotch tape to make prints of the handmade stencils I used. The book was transformed into a series of 156 pieces. The most recently completed project is a similar collaboration, this time with the pages of Kenneth Grahame’s “Dream Days,” a small collection of children’s stories first published in 1898. This book was added to the pile of raw materials at a collage class I taught at the Camera Obscura Art Lab in Santa Monica during my studio residency there a few years ago. I’d held onto the book and decided to start marking the pages on the new moon in August. Again I used graphite, watercolor, colored pencil, and scotch tape. Some of these pieces have poems on them. There are 154 pieces in this series.
I have also been making collages, felting lladros, and writing the occasional poem. I’ll be adding the new work to my website as I document it.
If you’d like a recipe card, email me your address and I will send you one. If you have a particular food group that you’d like me to choose, send that along too.