Mixed Media on wood
@ 6 feet wide by 6 feet high by 1 foot deep.
wood, paint, cloth, paper, accordion, piano keys, family memorabilia, vintage film reels, etc.
available for purchase
About the work: This work contains personal history and artifacts that I have saved and collected throughout the years. I have always been fascinated with the “Alchemy” and the “Essence” of things. I work using Intuition and Dream based imagery.
“Deconstruction- Construction” is a part of series where I have used elements from a Red Verdi Accordion that had been donated to me by a Canadian Accordionist. The Accordion had seen better days and no longer was able to make its music… this particular accordionist knew that I like to incorporate family memorabilia, found and special saved objects, into my work and felt this may be a good fit for my palette of mixed media!
I value things that normally have been discarded as having no value, and try to resurrect a new beauty from what lies within the objects, materials, channeling it and giving it new energies, form, and to honor what once was. Many of the elements within the work have become a huge part of my personal palette such as: Grandma Barica’s Embroidery, torn pages from sacred books, to vintage clippings found in old dresser drawers from loved ones who have since passed on, sheet music, diary snippets, vintage jewelry, hair, dirt…and much more!
All hold special memory and all elements serve as a remembrance to what once was.
When I approach a new blank canvas I attempt to establish a dialogue. That dialogue is with the canvas and myself; my inner perception of my world and the world within and also from the world around me. The dialogue continues through those who stop to view the work…ever telling its story.
I try to reach into the recesses beyond what we see with the eye alone. I journey to the bare essence of a moment in time. With each canvas or sculptural form I hope to create a sense of anticipation. I want people to feel that “something” is happening outside of the scope of what you can see. I want the viewer to participate. And most of all, I want to remain a participant myself. Creating, whether it be with paint, photography, or sculptures, gives me my voice.
When I establish this dialogue with a canvas or sculptural form, I am given permission to speak in many more languages than just the language I use for words. It is that ‘connector’ that reaches across all barriers to convey and idea; a story; my story.
“Deconstruction Construction” is a poetic, rhythmic synthesis of drawing, painting, relief collage and assemblage, A visually tactile, mixed-media work composed to collectively create a new reality with a more expressive, symbolic arrangement. May it never stop playing its song.