PORTFOLIO > FORMATIVE YEARS

I spent my formative years in a cluster of low red brick buildings in Northwestern Queens, just a bridge ride away from Midtown Manhattan. This body of work, created from fragmented family photographs of that era, was not intended to be autobiographical. And in fact it is not. It just looks that way. These images are part reality, part fantasy, part dream, part imagination. There is something very personal about them and yet they have a universal quality. Is this somebody else’s childhood, or mine? I don’t remember that moment, or do I? This project caused me to give some serious consideration to memories and how they manifest themselves as we age. And how do we represent our ideas about our memories in a visual, two-dimensional, format?

I think it is safe to say that most people do not have memories that resemble moving images, frame after frame unfolding in realistic clarity. For myself, and I assume for others, memories come and go in flashes and blurs. And as I age my memories change. I’m not always clear about what actually happened and what is my shifting view of what happened. I suspect this is true for most of us. My imagery and compositions in this body of work attempt to communicate those sensations. In addition to the pictorial images that are reality based, there are incongruous and unexpected elements that flow into one another seamlessly. This is accomplished through the drawing that I do to enhance or alter my surfaces. In this way I am creating an illusion and only the viewer can decide what really happened or existed in the past and what didn’t. I’ll never tell. Or maybe I just don’t remember.

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BLOCK PARTY
Collage with drawing on paper
29 3/4 x 8 1/2 inches
2007
ESTELLE CURVE
Collage with drawing on paper
15 1/4 x 8 1/2 inches
2007
ABRIDGED VERSION
Collage with drawing on paper
15 1/4 x 10 3/4 inches
2007
RED
Collage with drawing on paper
15 1/4 x 13 inches
2006
MR. RED
Collage with drawing on paper
15 1/4 x 10 inches
2006
FAMILY DIS-MEMBERS
Collage with drawing on paper
18 x 13 1/2 inches
2006
FORMS
Collage and drawing on paper
20 x 13 1/2 inches
2006
STRIPES
Collage with drawing on paper
7 x 7 3/8 inches
2006
A PERFECT BEACH DAY
Collage on paper
14 3/4 x 16 1/2 inches
2006
SKYLINE, NEW YORK CITY
Mixed media collage on paper
20 3/4 x 14 inches
2006
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME
Collage with drawing on board
20 x 9 inches
2005
TRUE-SHAPE LADIES
Collage with drawing on board
17 3/4 x 5 1/2 inches
2005
DOT SCREEN LADY
Mixed media collage on paper
20 x 12 1/5 inches
2005
DOT SCREEN AUNTIE
Mixed media collage on paper
20 x 14 inches
2005
MIRAGE
Monoprint
18 3/4 x 13 inches
2005