My affinity for assemblage is because found objects have an immediacy of use coupled with built-in character which may be derived from it’s unique design, the color or patinas formed from it’s constant use or abandonment to elements or from the mental association we have with it’s original purpose. These add depth to my narrative, whether I choose to amplify, or conversely, to alter and deconstruct it’s original purpose.
Assemblage transforms seemingly worthless elements into significance disregarding the inherent ethical value of recycling. My recombination of individual parts is purposeful and integral to one another rather than serendipitous.
Gestalt psychologist Koffka stated, “The whole is other than the sum of the parts” and this phenomena allows us to see a story without the use of words. My compulsion to integrate pieces into a whole and attaching meaning to them is dichotomously dancing on the fine line of acknowledging this need yet experimenting in defying it’s convention.