Several years ago, after a decade away from working in the visual arts, I found myself drawn to the wide-open, versatile medium of assemblage. Much more than a vocabulary of techniques, assemblage offers not only a conceptual approach but also what might be called a poetics for exploring elemental themes. I’m fascinated by the energies held in tension by combinations of found materials derived from plant and animal sources, as well as cast-off objects, old photographs, printed matter, and industrial detritus. The possibilities for expression seem unbounded.
There’s a certain alchemy to assemblage—when it succeeds, the act of juxtaposing and merging objects, images, and artifacts from different frames of reference allows both artist and viewer to form new mental connections that open the way to deeper insights and greater understanding. For me, membership in LAAG has been highly rewarding, both as a catalyst for my own artistic practice and for the opportunity to enjoy close associations with others who share a personal commitment to this art form.
Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, B.F.A., Printmaking and Photography
Pennsylvania State University, B.A., English and Art History
University of Massachusetts at Amherst, graduate study, English
Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1972, 1973, 1974
Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1973, 1975
Ryerson Polytechnic Institute, Toronto, Ontario, 1976
Centennial Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1976
Zwicker Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1977
Philadelphia Photographers International, 1987 (traveling exhibition: Philadelphia; São Paulo, Brazil; Beijing, China)
Abington Arts Center, Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, 1988, 1989
“About Women.” Montclair State University, Montclair, New Jersey, 1990
Summer Studios Gallery, Lomita, California, 2010 “Musical Chairs.” The Loft Galleries. San Pedro, CA. 2011 “Portraits.” The Loft Galleries. San Pedro, CA, 2012
My first jobs were in education and photography. Since 1979 I have worked as an editor in academic publishing. In 1996 I joined Sage Publications, in Thousand Oaks, California, where I am currently Senior Developmental Editor, Reference Content Development.