My affinity for assemblage arose from the ability found objects have for immediacy of use along with individual inherent character. This character may be derived from it's design, color or patina formed from constant use or abandonment to elements, or it's mental associations with it’s original purpose. The story behind an object adds depth and weight, whether I choose to amplify it’s character or conversely, to alter or deconstruct it’s original purpose in order to fit my narrative.
The artistic alchemy of transforming seemingly worthless or obsolete elements into something of value and significance, has a noble intention independent from the ethical value of recycling. I highly manipulate the recombination of individual parts so they appear entirely integral to one another rather than serendipitous or haphazard.
Gestalt psychologist Koffka stated, “The whole is other than the sum of the parts” and this phenomena, uniquely human, allows us to see a story without the use of words. I’m fascinated by our compulsion to integrate pieces into a whole as well as our iconographical penchant for attaching meaning to them and it’s this dichotomous dancing on the fine line of acknowledging this need while defying it’s convention that motivates my art.