I have been incorporating found objects into my work since 1965 - the year I arrived at Syracuse University to become a member of the School of Art. The artists Joseph Cornell and Louise Nevelson influenced my decision to use discarded materials as primary media in my work. Odds and ends discovered in junkyards, abandoned buildings, flea markets and antique stores held a strange fascination for me. For the next thirty-seven years I searched for abandoned materials that would capture my attention and provide me with an opportunity to breathe new life into them. I was fascinated by the challenge of juxtaposing them in aesthetically pleasing arrangements called “assemblages."
I organized the materials you see in these assemblages thematically. I created relationships between objects that are seemingly, unrelated, similar to how we organize the images in our own dreams. The assemblages in this exhibition are my attempt to create symbolic metaphors for everyday happenings. I hope the work prompts the viewer to ponder the meaning of familiar objects that I have redefined using a reconstructed sense of reality.
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